28 August

Who’s who?

Individual basking sharks can be identified from photographs of their dorsal fins.  This technique is called photo-identification and has been used to distinguish individuals of other species, such as humpback whales, right whales and sperm whales. How does photo-ID for basking sharks work? The shape of the dorsal fin, colouration patterns, presence of scars and […]

27 August

Risky business

Due to the large amount of time basking sharks spend at the surface, they are frequently seen in the Bay of Fundy. However, this behaviour of basking at the surface leaves them vulnerable to vessel collisions. It is not uncommon to see a shark bearing scars from an encounter with a vessel. We recently spotted […]

26 August

A great week for basking in the sun

It’s been a busy week on the water for researchers at the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station (GMWSRS). In three days, we sighted 36 basking sharks! Below is a map of where we spotted the basking sharks on August 19 (shown in green), August 20 (shown in pink) and August 22 (shown in […]

19 August

Banner Day in the Bay!

The Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station (GMWSRS) had an epic day on the water today. After many frustrating days waiting for the fog to clear, researchers at the GMWSRS finally caught a break. Glass calm seas and good visibility resulted in 16 shark sightings today! All of them were basking sharks! We also saw […]

15 August

Shark Facts Part 1: The Basking Shark

Over the next couple of months, I’ll be posting information about the different shark species you can find in the Bay of Fundy. First up: basking sharks Basking sharks are the second largest shark (whale sharks are larger) reaching lengths of 12.2 m but the average size is 6 to 8 m. See how a […]

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