10 September

To Bermuda….and back?

As mentioned in a previous post, researchers at the Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station have been deploying satellite tags on basking sharks in the Bay of Fundy to study their migration. The data that the tags collect include position (lat/long) and depth. These satellite tags are a pop-up archival tag that pop off […]

9 September

Sociable!

Here’s another reasons to raise a glass to Nova Scotians. Researchers at the Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station study sharks off Grand Manan, especially in the Grand Manan Basin (an area protected as critical habitat for the North Atlantic right whale). We don’t often venture over to the Nova Scotia side of the […]

8 September

All eyes on deck!

Over the last couple of months, we’ve received shark sightings and photos from naturalists and captains working on board whale watch boats, their passengers and sightings from other researchers working in the Bay of Fundy. Over the next week, I will be posting about what sharks other people have seen in the bay. THE EARLY […]

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 […]

13 July

Bay of Fundy Sharks

The Bay of Fundy is found on the East coast of North America, between the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It has the biggest tides in the world! At least seven species of sharks frequent the Bay: Shortfin Mako, Blue Shark, Porbeagle, Spiny Dogfish, Thresher Shark, White Shark and the second largest fish […]

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