At what age does a female Greenland Shark reach sexual maturity?
The Greenland shark is one of the largest cartilaginous fishes. It can reach a length of 7 metres (23 feet) and a weight of 1,025 kg (2,260 pounds) when fully grown, but most are between 2 and 4 metres (6.5 and 13 feet). Little is known, however, about how the species reproduces. Females have proven to reach sexual maturity when they surpass the 4-metre (13-foot) mark in length, which takes approximately 150 years to achieve. They are ovoviviparous (that is, eggs are retained within the body until they hatch) and produce an average of 10 offspring at a time.