Sleeper shark

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Sleeper shark may also refer to the Greenland shark.


Sleeper shark
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Chondrichthyes
Order:Squaliformes
Family:Dalatiidae
Genus:Somniosus
Species:S. pacificus
Binomial name
Somniosus pacificus
Bigelow & Schroeder, 1944

The sleeper shark (Somniosus pacificus) is a shark living in waters off Antarctica and is one of two creatures (along with the sperm whale) that hunt giant squid and colossal squid for food, as research on the stomach contents of this shark has shown. Scientists are unsure how the 7 meter (23 feet) shark can devour its 12-14 meter (39-56 feet) prey.

External link

8 January, 2004, BBCNews: New giant squid predator found (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3370019.stm)



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