Greenland Shark

Scaled collection of drawings of Greenland Shark in various poses

The Greenland Shark (Somniosus Microcephalus), also referred to as the gurry shark, is a rare species of shark that has a short-rounded snout, small eyes, and between 48 to 52 teeth. Male Greenland sharks are smaller than female sharks. Greenland sharks live in the northern Atlantic and Arctic Ocean.

Greenland Sharks typically eat fish such as sharks, skates, eels, herring, capelin, arctic char, cod, rosefish, and sculpins. They commonly have 10 offspring at a time and are independent since birth. Greenland sharks have the longest known lifespan of all vertebrate species at up to 500 years. Greenland sharks are currently near-threatened by extinction due to hunting by humans.

Series of plan and side elevation illustrations of the Greenland Shark

Greenland Sharks have a total length between 12’-24’ (3.7-7.3 m) and an overall weight in the range of 1950-2250 lb (885-1020 kg). The typical lifespan of the Greenland Shark is a lengthy 300-500 years.


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12’-24’ | 3.7-7.3 m
1950-2250 lb | 885-1020 kg
Scientific Name:
Somniosus microcephalus
300-500 years


Drawings include:

Greenland Shark side elevation, side (perspective), front, top


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Sharks are one of the oldest species on earth having outlived the dinosaurs with fossil records dating them back 400 million years. In their ecosystems, the carnivorous shark is usually the top of their food chain, but are being threatened by human activities and hunting.