2014 Shark Shenanigans

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Sighting Updates | One Comment

It’s been awhile since our last post, as the summer has been keeping us busy with all things shark. This year, the right whales are back in the Bay of Fundy, so it’s no surprise that there have been a lot of huge basking sharks around too, which are keeping researchers at the Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station out on the water.

Basking shark photographed by Laurie Murison, of the Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station on July 11, 2014 just 4 miles off Swallowtail Lighthouse

Basking shark photographed by Laurie Murison, of the Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station, on July 11, 2014, just 4 miles off Swallowtail Lighthouse

We’ve been getting lots of sightings and photographs from all over the east coast, including Gulf of Maine, Bay of Fundy, coast of Nova Scotia and waters off Newfoundland! We’ve even added sightings and photographs from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to our database! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting all these sightings on our blog, so please check back frequently.

Let’s get the 2014 shark season started in the Gulf of Maine where Barry Gutradt, a photographer (see Stealthvader Photography) working with Bar Harbor Whale Watching Tours, is being kept busy snapping photographs of basking sharks. This year, he’s already reported 4 basking shark sightings and photographed 3 of those individuals. Check out the 3 individuals he caught on camera:

Basking shark photographed by Barry Gutradt of Stealthvader Photography in the Gulf of Maine on July 11, 2014.

Basking shark photographed by Barry Gutradt of Stealthvader Photography in the Gulf of Maine on July 11, 2014.

Basking shark photographed by Barry Gutradt of Stealthvader Photography in the Gulf of Maine on August 4, 2014.

Basking shark photographed by Barry Gutradt of Stealthvader Photography in the Gulf of Maine on August 4, 2014.

Basking shark photographed by Barry Gutradt of Stealthvader Photography in the Gulf of Maine on August 5, 2014.

Basking shark photographed by Barry Gutradt of Stealthvader Photography in the Gulf of Maine on August 5, 2014.

Shirley Ailes, who was working with a whale study group in the Gulf of Maine as part of College of the Atlantic’s summer program, didn’t just work with whales on July 11, 2014, but also sighted and photographed a basking shark at the end of the day! Check it out:

Basking Shark photographed by Shirley Ailes in the "Ballpark" region of the Gulf of Maine on July 11, 2014

Basking Shark photographed by Shirley Ailes in the “Ballpark” region of the Gulf of Maine on July 11, 2014

It looks like this area is a real hotspot for basking sharks!

Location and dates of basking shark sightings in the Gulf of Maine in 2014. The sighting on July 11 was made by Shirley Ailes. The other four sightings were made by Barry Gutradt

Locations and dates of basking shark sightings in the Gulf of Maine in 2014. The sighting on July 11 was made by Shirley Ailes. The other four sightings were made by Barry Gutradt.

We’re keen to see if any of these individuals can be matched to those already in our catalogue. So stay tuned.  And keep sending us your shark sightings and any photographs you have!

 

1 Comment

  1. Shark Identification Network » Species checklist
    August 22, 2014

    […] we mentioned last week, there are lots of basking sharks in the Bay this year and so far, Quoddy Link Marine has sighted […]

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