Friday Fun: 2 Canadians Save Shark Choking on Moose…

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Greenland shark choking on Moose...
Greenland shark choking on Moose…  photo:  derrick chaul

Meanwhile, in Canada…

Two Canadian men saved an 8-foot-long, 250-pound Greenland Shark that was choking to death on a piece of Moose over the weekend.  Derrick Chaulk was driving a coastal road near Norris Arm North in Newfoundland when se saw what appeared to be a beached whale.

He pulled over and found a large Greenland Shark with a large chunk of Moose hide hanging out of his mouth.

Derrick got another local, Jeremy Ball, to help him yank the Moose out of the shark’s mouth and drag the beast back out to sea.

“He pulled the rope, and I pushed with my boot.  Between the two of us we got him out into deeper water.” – Derrick told CBC News

A Greenland Shark.
A Greenland Shark.

The best guess is that the Moose chunk stuck in the shark’s mouth was from nearby hunters who often gut moose and throw unwanted moose parts into the sea.

Shark scientist Jeffrey Gallant, the president and lead scientist at the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group, said the beached shark may have just been enjoying a large meal.

Jeffrey sad that the guys did the right thing saving the shark.  He added that he would have left the moose in its mouth.

“When you’re man-handling a shark like this and trying to get it back in the water, the fact that its mouth was otherwise pre-occupied by chewing on the meat, you reduce the risk yourself of getting bit accidentally.” – Jeffrey Gallant, shark scientist told CBC News

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The Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus), also known as the gurry shark or grey shark, or by the Inuit name Eqalussuaq, is a large shark of the family Somniosidae (“sleeper sharks”) that is native to the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean around Canada,Greenland, and Iceland. These sharks live farther north than any other shark species. Many of the species’ adaptations are due to it being the only truly sub-Arctic species of shark. They are closely related to the Pacific sleeper shark.[2]

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2 thoughts on “Friday Fun: 2 Canadians Save Shark Choking on Moose…

  1. To me he looks incredibly relieved but still a little sick, like “whew, I am NEVER eating moose again”

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