Old and cold - biology of the Greenland shark, Somniosus microcephalus.


 

Field Campaigns:

 

Where it all began - University of Copenhagen's Arctic Station in Querqersuaq:

 

University of Copenhagen's Arctic Station in Godhavn, Greenland. Photo: Henrik Schurmann.

 

 

North East Greenland September 2010: R/V Ian Mayen (University of Troms°, Norway). TUNU-Project. Scoresby Sound to Danmarkshavn. Tissue samples. Long-lines.

 

Jan Mayen at Ella Island - and the first shark for the project, North East Greenland. Fotos: John Fleng Steffensen

 

 

North West Greenland May 2011: The Arctic Station and R/V Porsild (University of Copenhagen, Denmark). Querquersuaq and Disko Bay. Tissue samples and tgging. Long-lines.

 

R/V Porsild in Disko Bay. Foto: Peter G. Bushnell

 

South West Greenland summer 2012: R/V Paamiut (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland). Tissue and stomach samples. Trawling.

 

South East Greenland September 2012: R/V Dana (DTU-Aqua, Danish Technical University, Denmark). Ammasalik Fjord. Physiology, tissue sampling and tagging. Long-lines.

R/V Dana in Amasalik Fjord - and shark on cradle, South East Greenland. Fotos: Henrik Schurmann.

 

South West Greenland July 2013: R/V Paamiut (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland). Tissue sampling. Trawling.

 

North East Greenland July - August 2013: R/V Helmer Hansen (University of Troms°, Norway). Tunu Project. Scoresby Sound to Danmarkshavn. Tissue sampling and tagging. Trawling.

 

North West Greenland May 2014: The Arctic Station and R/V Porsild (University of Copenhagen, Denmark). Querquersuaq and Disko Bay. Tissue samples and tagging. Long-lines.

 

R/V Porild in Disko Bay - and Greenland shark equipped with spaghetti and satellite pop-up-tag. Fotos: Julius Nielsen.

 

South West Greenland July 2014: R/V Paamiut (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland). Tissue sampling and tagging. Trawling.

 

R/V Pamiut in South Western Greenland. Foto: Julius Nielsen.

 

North West Greenland August-September 2014: R/V Sanna (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland). Umanaq to Upernavik. Tissue sampling and tagging. Long-lines.

 

R/V Sanna and Greenland shark in Upernavik Icefjord: Foto Julius Nielsen.

 

Lofoten, Norway February 2016: R/V Johan Ruud (Universitet i Troms°, Norway. Tissue sampling and tagging. Long-lines.

 

North West Greenland July 8.th - 23.rd 2016: R/V Sanna (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland). Umanaq Fjord. Physiology, tissue sampling and tagging with sat-pop-up-tags and filming at depths between 200 and 1000 meters. Long-lines.

 

South West Greenland spring 2017: R/V Sanna (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland). 2.nd International Greenland Shark Cruise. Area south of Nuuk. Physiology, tissue sampling, tagging with sat-pop-up tags and filming at depths between 200 and 1000 meters. Long-lines.

 

 

   

 

360 Deg YouTube video from Greenland shark cruise 2017. The boat driver Kasper decides to

take a selfie on an iceberg while we are tagging and measuring a 4 meter+ Greenland shark.

NB: You can move around in the picture by using the arrow keys and/or the mouse.

North West Greenland June/July 2018: The Arctic Station and R/V Porsild (University of Copenhagen, Denmark). Querquersuaq and Disko Bay. Peter and John checking long lines close to Qeqertarsuaq/Godhavn.

 

 

 

 

Research Cruise to Skagerrak May 20. - 29.th 2019 with expedition yacht Capella C - in collaboration colleagues from the US, the UK, The Danish National Aquarium The Blue Planet, The Kattegat Aquarium and the Northsea Aquarium. Financially funded among by Elisabeth & Knud Petersens Foundation, The Danish Centre for Marine Research and not the least the Zimin Foundation. On the cruise we caught two Greenland sharks - one only 102 cm long (one of the the smallest we have caught !) as well as a lantern shark , Etmopterus spinax. So Greenland sharks can be caught relatively easy in Danish waters.

 

Field trip to University of Copenhagen's Arctic Station on Disko Island June 2019. Miscellaneous field and lab physiological projects.

 

 

 

Research Cruise to South Western Greenland with R/V Dana 10 days September 2010. Funded by among others EuroFleets.EU Postponed due to Covid-19.

 

 


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Updated February 2021.