Devanshi Kasana, a Ph.D. student at FIU, was working with Belizean fishermen to tag tiger sharks when she noticed that one shark attached to one of their lines didn’t look like a tiger shark.
She sent a photo of the large, sluggish creature to her adviser, who confirmed it was either a Greenland shark or a hybrid between the Greenland shark and Pacific sleeper shark, according to FIU.
One of the fishermen on the project expressed shock at the discovery.
“I am always excited to set my deep water line because I know there is stuff down there that we haven’t seen yet in Belize, but I never thought I would be catching a Greenland shark,” Omar Faux, one of the Belize fisherman, said in the FIU release.
FIU suggested that there could be more Greenland sharks in tropical waters all over the world — just very far below the surface, where the water is as cold as they prefer.