Fish, marine mammals, and carrion are three staples in the diet of Somniosus pacificus. Fish include herring (Clupeinae), salmon (Salmonidae), smelt (Osmeridae), cod (Gadidae), pollock (Theragra), haddock (Melanogrammus), halibut (Hippoglossus), redfish (Hoplostethus), sculpins (Cottoidei), lumpfish (Cyclopterus), and skates (Rajiformes). Seals (Phocidae) and small whales (Delphinidae) are also common food items. Drowned horses and reindeer have also been found in the stomachs of captured specimens. Somniosus pacificus has been observed feeding in great numbers on carrion produced by commercial whaling and fishing operations.
Animal Foods: mammals; fish; carrion ; mollusks; aquatic crustaceans; echinoderms; cnidarians
Primary Diet: carnivore (Piscivore )