28 June

Allies in Action

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 […]

21 June

We’re expanding!

It’s the first day of summer and things are starting to get busy. We just recently heard that we’ve received some Habitat Stewardship Funding (HSP) to expand our Bay of Fundy Basking Shark Photo ID Catalogue and Shark Sighting Database to the Eastern seaboard: from the Gulf of Maine up to Newfoundland! And since that’s […]

3 May

They’re back…. (well, almost)

As we mentioned in a previous post, it seems that the basking sharks we see in the Bay of Fundy during the summer head south for the winter. And now it looks like they might be starting to return to our waters. We just received word that four basking sharks were sighted off the Scotian […]

24 January

Underwater Sneak Peek

It has been far too long since our last update. We’ve been very busy working up the results of our basking shark photo ID catalogue and there is not much shark action happening in the Bay of Fundy this time of year.  Today, I thought I’d share a link to an underwater video of a […]

15 November

Take Two

Two weeks ago we told you about about a match we made from our Basking Shark Photo ID Catalogue of an individual that was photographed 3 years apart. Here is another match we found: The shark was first photographed July 9, 2006 (Photograph A) and then FOUR YEARS LATER on August 14, 2010! Check out how […]

28 October


Our Science Horizon intern, Lisa Hoogenboom, has been working hard on our Basking Shark Photo ID Catalogue. She just finished cataloguing all our existing basking shark photos that were taken from 1992 to 2012 by researchers and whale watches in the Bay of Fundy. Most of the photos in the catalogue are from the last […]

13 October

Eagle eyes

Nothing escapes the eagle eyes of Laurie Murison, executive director of the Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station. During the summer, Laurie is the biologist on board the Elsie Menota- the whale watch sailing yacht for Whales-n-Sails Adventures. From whales, dolphins, porpoises, seabirds, ocean sunfish, sharks and blue-fin tuna, Laurie sees it all–and records […]

5 October

All tied up?

One of the largest threats to basking sharks is vessel strikes. We recently posted a photograph of a shark that had evidence of propeller damage. On August 19, 2012 the New England Aquarium spotted a basking shark with a very unusual dorsal fin. At first, we thought it might have suffered propeller damage in the […]

30 September

It’s a match!

Our Science Horizon intern, Lisa Hoogenboom, has been busy cataloguing all our basking shark photos and looking for matches. One distant photograph of a shark taken by the New England Aquarium looks to be a match to an individual in our catalogue. We tagged this shark with a satellite tag (see here for more details on […]

23 September

We get by with a little help from our friends

Our basking shark photo ID catalogue may be in its early stages, but luckily, we are getting help from some experts: researchers from the New England Aquarium (NEA)! The NEA has the longest-running and most comprehensive North Atlantic right whale research and conservation program in the world. Every summer, researchers from the NEA conduct research […]


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