Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2022. 10:14 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Ph.D. candidate at Florida International University, Devanshi Kasana, and her colleagues saw a Greenland Shark in the middle of a coral reef in Belize, CaribJournal reports.
It is the first time that a Greenland shark had been found in the waters of the Western Caribbean.
The shark was between 10 and 11 feet long and was found in the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve.
The Britannica notes that the Greenland Shark which is a member of the sleeper shark family is primarily found in the cold-water environments of the Arctic Ocean and North Atlantic.
The Greenland shark is described as bulky, with a rounded snout, small fins relative to body size, and gray to brown coloration.
Kasana was working with a team of local Belizean fishermen tagging tiger sharks when they found the unusual visitor.
The Greenland sharks are thought to be the longest-living vertebrates known to science.
“Great discoveries and conservation can happen when fishermen, scientists, and the government work together,” said Beverly Wade, Director of the Blue Bond and Finance Permanence Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister of Belize.
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