100-year-old Greenland shark that washed up on UK beach had brain infection, autopsy finds

The super-rare Greenland shark that washed ashore in England last month had a brain infection when it died, according to an animal autopsy of its remains.

Pathologists discovered evidence of meningitisan inflammation of the protective membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, according to a statement from the Zoological Society of London (opens in new tab) (ZSL). This is the first reported disease-related death in a greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus), an elusive, long-lived species that lives in the deep waters of the Arctic and North Atlantic.

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