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It's a 26ft Jaws and it sucks... (Mysterious arctic shark slurps up seals whole)
The Sun (U.K.) / Florida Museum of Natural History ^ | July 12, 2008 | VIRGINIA WHEELER

Posted on 07/11/2008 7:49:27 AM PDT by Stoat

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It's a 26ft Jaws and it sucks...

Big sucker ... the shark

Big sucker ... the shark

 

By VIRGINIA WHEELER

Published: Today

 

A MASSIVE Arctic shark that sucks up seals whole and may live for 200 years is being studied by boffins for the first time.

The mysterious Greenland shark’s mouth with hundreds of teeth is UNDER its body — so it cruises along the ocean bed scooping up prey.

Baffled boffins say whole reindeer and polar bear heads have also been found in stomachs of the deep-sea monsters, which can be 26ft long.

They are cannibalistic but their flesh is poisonous to any other creature.

Researchers at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Canada are radio-tagging the sharks to find out more.

Scientist Steve Campana said: “They cruise along slurping up fish and seals. They are abundant — but we don’t have a clue about them.”


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: arctic; baffledboffins; biggovernment; boffins; boffinsafe; cryptobiology; cryptozoology; environment; godsgravesglyphs; greenland; greenlandshark; shark; teeth
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Under The Ice Lurks A 'Strange' Arctic Monster

 

Sharks

 

Sharks in the News

Under The Ice Lurks A 'Strange' Arctic Monster
May 6, 2008

Release from: Tom Spears
Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

 

Canadian fish scientists are opening a window into the mysterious world of the Greenland shark -- the top predator in the Canadian Arctic about which almost nothing is known.

Except this, says Steve Campana of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography: "These are very, very strange sharks."

Its meat is poison. Its mouth is far under its body. It has almost no spine. It's so lethargic that it doesn't even snap at the scientists who hook it and attach a radio to it.

And it may live 200 years.

Mr. Campana and Aaron Fisk of the University of Windsor took their team to the sea ice 300 kilometres north of Iqaluit, camping out in a frigid plywood shed in April to tag and release Greenland sharks.

Only one other big shark in the world is almost unknown -- the extremely rare deep-ocean "megamouth."

Why study the Greenland shark?

In the eastern Arctic "this is the apex (top) predator, the king of the food web, along with the polar bear. There's a sister species in the western Arctic. And as with any ecosystem, if you don't know anything about the apex predator, you're in a lot of trouble figuring out what's going on."

Everything about this fish is odd, Mr. Campana says.

"They are really the antithesis to the fast-swimming great white and mako (sharks)."

The cold water might make them slow, but even in warmer water they just cruise along the bottom, slurping up fish, and occasionally seals. The seals may be dead when the sharks eat them. No one really knows.

Researchers are hoping that samples of bone may hint at a fish's age; the team will look for radioactive elements released during atmospheric tests of nuclear weapons, to show which fish were alive in the 1960s.

The Greenland shark can grow to eight metres and has hundreds of sharp teeth.

"Just running your hand lightly along them you can slice yourself wide open," says Mr. Campana.

"When we found a dead shark we would open up its stomach. Every single one was jam-packed with food. A lot of it was large fish," but there were some baby seals.

It's possible the shark scavenged dead seals, but seals are also known to be curious, and some young ones may have wanted too close a look at the shark.

The sharks are incredibly abundant, says Mr. Campana, "and yet we don't have a clue how fast they grow, how old they get, where they give birth, how many they give birth to..."

The team is using radio tags, which don't hurt the sharks, to record information about their living conditions (water temperature and light) and location. The tags are programmed to release months later and then "pop up" to the surface and radio their findings to a satellite.

Inuit fisherman often catch them by accident, hooking a turbot that a shark then bites on the hook.

The meat is poison if cooked like normal fish, so full of urea that it takes boiling and re-boiling to make it safe.

1 posted on 07/11/2008 7:49:29 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: Stoat
They are cannibalistic but their flesh is poisonous to any other creature.

This applies to lawyers also.

2 posted on 07/11/2008 7:52:14 AM PDT by central_va (Co. C, 15th Va., Patrick Henry Rifles-The boys of Hanover Co.)
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To: pcottraux; SunkenCiv

“Mysterious Huge Seal-Sucking Arctic Shark Ping”


3 posted on 07/11/2008 7:52:14 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

???New to me!


4 posted on 07/11/2008 7:54:10 AM PDT by ryan71 (Typical bitter white gun toter)
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To: Stoat

What’s that thing hanging off the shark’s eye?


5 posted on 07/11/2008 7:56:40 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: central_va

bwahahahaha.


6 posted on 07/11/2008 7:56:53 AM PDT by mbraynard (You are the Republican Party. See you at the precinct meeting.)
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To: Stoat

“Boffins”? What are boffins?


7 posted on 07/11/2008 7:57:30 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: All

“Why study the shark?”, cuz that’s how you get grant money....


8 posted on 07/11/2008 7:57:44 AM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: Stoat

Nice photo of Hillary! She’s looking much better since she suspended her campaign :-) Course, she’s still poisonous to others.


9 posted on 07/11/2008 7:58:47 AM PDT by ushr435
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To: central_va
Now we know the real reason Polar Bears are shrinking in number, if they are, that is.
10 posted on 07/11/2008 7:59:41 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

One of Obama’s supports.


11 posted on 07/11/2008 8:00:52 AM PDT by A Cyrenian
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To: Stoat

Shark is being represented by American Trial Lawyers Assoc. at no charge - a professional courtesy.


12 posted on 07/11/2008 8:01:07 AM PDT by ikka
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

What’s that thing hanging off the shark’s eye?

Regurgitated seal intestines.


13 posted on 07/11/2008 8:01:33 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: Stoat

14 posted on 07/11/2008 8:01:51 AM PDT by Disturbin (Liberals: buying votes with your tax dollars)
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To: Stoat; dragonblustar; Politicalmom
“Mysterious Huge Seal-Sucking Arctic Shark Ping”

You heard the man!

15 posted on 07/11/2008 8:02:08 AM PDT by pcottraux (I can't tell the difference between Carl Cameron, Chris Wallace, or Bill McCuddy.)
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To: BOBTHENAILER

Now that is a real liberal nightmare, two endangered species eating each other.


16 posted on 07/11/2008 8:02:20 AM PDT by central_va (Co. C, 15th Va., Patrick Henry Rifles-The boys of Hanover Co.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
“Boffins”? What are boffins?

A family of hobbits living in the Shire. They live near the Bracegirdles and Proudfoots, just west of Hobbiton. I didn't know they were into marine biology.

17 posted on 07/11/2008 8:02:39 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: Stoat

I believe these are called Sleeper sharks


18 posted on 07/11/2008 8:03:30 AM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists)
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To: Maverick68

““Why study the shark?””

Weird poisons and nasty creatures are useful for all sorts of things.

Alligator blood, for example, has just recently been discovered to contain an anti-biotic that can kill the nastiests of staff infections (makes sense, given alligators live in nasty swamps).

Poke along and discover about God’s world.


19 posted on 07/11/2008 8:03:40 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Bomb, Bomb. Bomb! Bomb bomb Iran! Bomb. Bomb. Bomb! Bomb bomb Iran!)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
“Boffins”? What are boffins?

BRITISH-AMERICAN TRANSLATION ASSISTANCE:

Boffin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In the slang of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, boffins are scientists, engineers, and other people who are stereotypically seen as engaged in technical or scientific research. The word conjures up an image of men in thick spectacles and white lab coats, obsessively working with complicated apparatus. Portrayals of boffins emphasize both their eccentric genius and their naive ineptitude in social interaction. They are, in that respect, closer to the "absent-minded professor" stereotype than to the classic mad scientist. Alec Guinness's character in the film The Man in the White Suit (1951) is a classic example of an eccentric and obsessed boffin.

A boffin in action: Dr Alexander Thorkel (Albert Dekker) from Dr. Cyclops (1940)
A boffin in action: Dr Alexander Thorkel (Albert Dekker) from Dr. Cyclops (1940)

The English-to-American Dictionary

boffin n wonk. Someone who is particularly knowledgeable about his/her subject. It doesn’t quite carry the respect implied in “expert” — calling someone a “boffin” suggests that he has body odour and is a virgin. Boffins are invariably male.

20 posted on 07/11/2008 8:04:52 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

“Boffins” is an Britt term for Scientists. I thought it was mostly used in Australia


21 posted on 07/11/2008 8:06:19 AM PDT by NativeSon (off the Rez without a pass...)
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To: Disturbin
Merely a flesh wound, I've ad worse!

I hate when that happens....

22 posted on 07/11/2008 8:06:34 AM PDT by central_va (Co. C, 15th Va., Patrick Henry Rifles-The boys of Hanover Co.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Brit slang term for scientists and engineers.


23 posted on 07/11/2008 8:08:52 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

“What’s that thing hanging off the shark’s eye?”

It’s a parasite called a copepod. It feeds off the shark’s eye and renders the sharks almost blind. Scientists believe that the sleeper sharks do a lot of their hunting by smell.


24 posted on 07/11/2008 8:08:59 AM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists)
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To: Stoat; ClearCase_guy

Thank you most kindly for your efforts...but I believe ClearCase_guy has the more accurate explanation in post #17.


25 posted on 07/11/2008 8:09:26 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Stoat
Seals slide into ocean due to global warming melting Arctic ice cap - Sharks Delighted!
26 posted on 07/11/2008 8:09:49 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: ikka
Shark is being represented by American Trial Lawyers Assoc. at no charge - a professional courtesy.

Oooohhh......I get it......because they're both bottom feeders.....;)

27 posted on 07/11/2008 8:10:18 AM PDT by Roccus (I love my country...the government is another story.)
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To: newgeezer

ping


28 posted on 07/11/2008 8:11:53 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (Obamafeld, "A CAMPAIGN ABOUT NOTHING".)
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To: Stoat
"Big sucker, the shark."

Big hitter, the Lama.

29 posted on 07/11/2008 8:12:51 AM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: ushr435

ROFL, first in with the Hilldabeast joke. Thanks.


30 posted on 07/11/2008 8:18:10 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam. TWP VRWC)
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To: ushr435

ROFL, first in with the Hilldabeast joke. Thanks.


31 posted on 07/11/2008 8:18:15 AM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam. TWP VRWC)
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To: TheThirdRuffian
given alligators live in nasty swamps

And store their prey until it is nice and rotten.

32 posted on 07/11/2008 8:21:25 AM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Disturbin

Tell me that’s a fake?


33 posted on 07/11/2008 8:21:43 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: central_va
Now that is a real liberal nightmare, two endangered species eating each other.

ROFLMAO...kinda like the recent studies showing carbon dioxide emissions being good for plants.

34 posted on 07/11/2008 8:24:07 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: nuconvert
Thanks, freepers are so smart it amazes me!

A third group of copepods has completely traded mobility for security. They may be found burrowed into the flesh of the fish's body (E) or may penetrate the eye and embed in the retina.

35 posted on 07/11/2008 8:24:07 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: Stoat

These sharks suck.


36 posted on 07/11/2008 8:28:47 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican because no Conservatives were running.)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

aww shucks.
thanks
:~ )


37 posted on 07/11/2008 8:29:13 AM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Actually, when I’m stumped, I come to FReepers too for more info. FRee Republic is a wealth of information.


38 posted on 07/11/2008 8:30:52 AM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists)
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To: Stoat
The meat is poison if cooked like normal fish, so full of urea that it takes boiling and re-boiling to make it safe. Or you could take the Icelander route and let it rot for months on end.
39 posted on 07/11/2008 8:33:11 AM PDT by aft_lizard (One animal actually its eats its own brains to conserve energy, we call them liberals.)
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To: nuconvert
"Actually, when I’m stumped, I come to FReepers too for more info. FRee Republic is a wealth of information."

I call it "WikiFReepia."

40 posted on 07/11/2008 8:34:15 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Stoat

41 posted on 07/11/2008 8:34:15 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

That bites. Ha.


42 posted on 07/11/2008 8:37:09 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: gathersnomoss

looks painful too...


43 posted on 07/11/2008 8:39:39 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: rawhide

Caption: “Mechanical shark attacks stuntwoman”


44 posted on 07/11/2008 8:40:03 AM PDT by lowbridge ("I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it" - Van Den Boogaard)
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To: Joe 6-pack

“WikiFReepia.”
good name


45 posted on 07/11/2008 8:41:37 AM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

LMAO!

Obamamaniacs :-)


46 posted on 07/11/2008 8:43:33 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
Yesterday, (7/10) in New Smyrna, FL

Image and video hosting by TinyPic http://www.wftv.com/news/16846313/detail.html?taf=orlc news link & more photos

47 posted on 07/11/2008 8:47:39 AM PDT by Sax (this idea was not a practical deterrent, for reasons which, at this moment, must be all too obvious)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

Those are small fish that clean the creatures eyes and pick other vermin off it’s skin and even around their mouths.


48 posted on 07/11/2008 8:54:55 AM PDT by tillacum
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To: Disturbin

“This was not a boating accident!”


49 posted on 07/11/2008 8:56:17 AM PDT by Christian4Bush ("In Israel, the President hit the nail on the head. The nails are complaining loudly." - John Bolton)
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To: nuconvert

Hmmm, I thought it was one of those “cleaning” fish. Thanks for the correction, I didn’t know about copepod.


50 posted on 07/11/2008 8:57:39 AM PDT by tillacum
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