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25 April 2010 / Liz Johns

Jaws Didn’t Frighten Me, But This Thing …

Imagine finding this in your fishing net? This heeby-jeeby inducing creature has been found swimming around the waters of Greenland for the first time.

Jaws Not Claws

This little cutie is a member of the catshark family (genus Apristurus). A deep-sea dweller that feeds on fish, marine worms, and crustaceans such as lobster and crabs.

Why Greenland?

Why these catsharks are in the waters of Greenland is not known for sure. The most popular explanation is that they have always been there but the recent increase in deep-sea fishing has now discovered them. But the idea that they have swum from former Icelandic habitats due to warmer seas cannot be ruled out completely.

Are We Safe?

Yes, these creatures are not interested in taking a bite out of us. But even if we did brave the freezing Greenland seas and they came up from the depths to meet us,  just one look at them would be enough to scare us out of the water.



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  1. kristina hicks / Jul 8 2010 6:14 am

    this reminds me of the goblin shark, a very aptly named creature! the animals of this world are a continual delight for me – i look forward to more animal news on your blog! thanks for sharing!


    • Liz Johns / Jul 8 2010 11:03 am

      Thanks for your comment. I must check out the goblin shark – Lord of the Rings extra?


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