Friday’s Featured Organism: Somniosus microcephalus

Somniosus microcephalus

That's one creepy-ass shark.

Still snowy as hell, so here’s Somniosus microcephalus, the Greenland Shark, a huge (6 meters long) motherfucker typical of cold, northern sea waters. This creepy fuck has poisonous flesh that has neurotoxic effects on man and other animals, and thus can’t be used as food unless properly prepared. Wikipedia just informed me that the copepod Ommatokoita elongata permanently colonizes the shark’s eyes (as you can see in the photo), eating the corneal tissue, but apparently the crazy mofo doesn’t give a flip because it doesn’t rely on keen eyesight for survival – and looking at this photo it’s not really that hard to believe.


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