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!
Allied Whale is also on Facebook.