Eagle eyes

Posted by on Oct 13, 2012 in Sighting Updates | One Comment

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 all her sightings. This year, from July 8 to September 3, Laurie sighted 23 basking sharks in the Bay of Fundy. She also spotted a breaching thresher shark! Laurie had another cool shark sighting…but I’ll save that for another post.

Basking sharks sighted by Laurie Murison, executive direction of the GMWSRS and biologist for Whales-n-Sails Adventures. Red circles are basking sharks sighted swimming at the surface. Green circles are locations of basking sharks seen breaching.

Laurie has been photographing basking sharks in the Bay of Fundy since the 1990’s. We’re in the process of scanning her old slides to add to our basking shark photo ID catalogue. Below, are a some of the individuals Laurie has photographed in more recent years.

Individual photographed in 2007 by Laurie Murison. ID: Fundy-2007-07-01

Individual basking shark photographed by Laurie Murison in 2008. ID: Funy-2008-08-07

Individual basking shark photographed in 2008 by Laurie Murison, ID Fundy-2008-08-11.

Individual basking shark photographed in 2009 by Laurie Murison. Id: Fundy-2009-09-12G.

Individual basking shark photographed in 2010 by Laurie Murison.
ID: Fundy-2010-08-14

Individual basking shark photographed by Laurie Murison.
ID: Fundy-2011-08-09.

Individual basking shark photographed by Laurie Murison.
ID: Fundy-2011-08-14.

Individual basking shark photographed in 2012 by Laurie Murison. ID: Fundy-2012-07-30.

Individual basking shark photographed in 2012 by Laurie Murison. ID: Fundy-2012-08-20.

 

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