Allies in Action

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Sighting Updates | 2 Comments

We just recently returned from a whirlwind tour of parts of the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine to speak with marine users about the Shark Identification Network (SIN). We were in St Andrews,  Eastport, Campobello and Lubec before spending a couple days in Bar Harbor, Maine to spread the word.

One of the organizations we spoke with in Bar Harbor was Allied Whale, College of the Atlantic’s marine mammal research group. Their research focuses on the conservation of marine mammals and their habitat, primarily in the Gulf of Maine. They also use photo-id to study humpback whales and finback whales. AND, lucky for us, it turns out that for the past 11 years, they have also been recording shark sightings and their keen interns have taken many photographs of basking sharks over the years. The researchers at Allied Whale are very happy to contribute their shark sightings and photographs to SIN and are in the process of compiling all their shark data for us. We are very excited to collaborate with them and all of us can’t wait to see if there will be any matches to our existing basking shark photo-ID catalogue.

Stay tuned for more news about how the matching is going. In the meantime, check out these two incredible photographs taken by one of Allied Whale’s interns, Glauco Puig-Santana, on June 19, 2013. This shark was feeding right next to their boat!

Basking shark feeding at the surface. Photographed by Glauco A. Puig-Santana, Allied Whale, on June 19, 2013.

Basking shark feeding at the surface. Photographed by Glauco A. Puig-Santana, Allied Whale, on June 19, 2013.

Feeding basking shark making a sharp turn. Photographed by  Glauco A. Puig-Santana, Allied Whale, on June 19, 2013.

Feeding basking shark making a sharp turn. Photographed by Glauco A. Puig-Santana, Allied Whale, on June 19, 2013.

Location of basking shark sighted on June 19, 2013 by Allied Whale.

Location of basking shark sighted on June 19, 2013 by Allied Whale.

Allied Whale is also on Facebook.

2 Comments

  1. Damian Lidgard
    June 28, 2013

    Good blog. Shows the value of collaborating on research and how much effort is required when conducting photo-id research. With the extent of the network described, there should be some great results,…

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  2. fundysharks
    June 28, 2013

    Very true! This project would not be possible without the collaboration and participation of organizations and interested people. We’re excited to see what the summer will bring!

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