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Rare Greenland Shark Footage Shocks Researcher
By Angela Messina, December 17, 2014 @ 07:00 PM (EST)
Source: National Geographic

A National Geographic researcher was utterly shocked to see a rare Greenland shark caught on film taken in the Russian high Arctic.

Mechanical engineer Alan Turchik watched hours of video footage taken by an underwater camera that was dropped into the waters off of Franz Josef Land. He saw almost no movement or life until suddenly, to Tuchik’s complete amazement, the camera moved slightly as if being knocked into and a baby Greenland shark swam across the screen.

“I lost it a little bit,” says Turchik about his reaction to the shark’s sighting. You can watch him, along with footage of the shark, in a video on National Geographic’s website.

Greenland sharks are very rarely seen and no one has ever sighted one this far north. They are the largest of the shark species and can grow up to 23 feet long.





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