Supersharks: a new threat from Svalbard… or an opportunity?

Sep 8, 2008

The Scotsman reports on this frightening development:

SCIENTISTS have been stunned by the discovery of a shark that had eaten a polar bear.

Part of the jaw of a young polar bear was found in the stomach of a Greenland shark in Svalbard, northern Norway.

Kit Kovacs, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, said: “We’ve never heard of this before.

“We don’t know how it got there. We can’t say whether or not the shark took a swimming young bear or ate a carcase.

“We don’t know how active these sharks are as predators.”

But perhaps these sharks could prove a valuable ally in the coming struggle against the Panzerbjørn? Our government must take steps to open diplomatic channels as soon as possible.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.