What Would You Catch With That?

25 03 2013

Obviously the Greenland Shark also known as Hákarl! Which is the second largest shark in the North Atlantic (after Baskin shark). Up to 7 m long and can weigh over a ton. Found all over the North Atlantic (Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, etc.) Unlike other sharks it inhabitats polar water all year round. Can be found in depths up to 2000m. Little is known about the biology of this shark species but it is believed to be of slow growth, long lived and bear very few offspring. Also known to be the slowest shark (when you compare swimming speed to size) and it is thought that he sneaks up on seals while they are sleeping.

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Claudia’s project documented shark fishing. Since it is an old and non-commercial industry, very little is known. None of the gear is standardized since it was all handmade – even the chain links!

Hákarl has probably been caught since settlement. Past importance in the (17th and 18th century) as shark-liver oil was the most important export and trading product.  Conducted from fishing stations all over the country (row boats, later deck boats, at the end of the winter). There was increased demand and high prices becasuse the oil used for street lightening in Europe. Until saltfish demand grew in the mid-1840. Sharkfishing stopped almost completely in the 1870s due to the use of kerosine. In present times only on a small scale.

These shark hooks are almost as big as me!!!

These shark hooks are almost as big as me!!!

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