The first shark of the 2014 season was reported by Bob Found in Indian Harbour, NS. From the deck of his home, he watched a basking shark swimming back and forth in Cliff Cove (close to Garrison Rocks) for about 2 hours! In the five years since him and his wife have lived there, this is the first time they’ve ever had a basking shark come to visit. Check it out:
Bob was also able to estimate the shark’s length, because the shark passed by a rock of known size and he was able to estimate the distance between the tip of the caudal fin and the dorsal fin and then make an estimate of total length from tip of the shark’s nose to the tip of the caudal fin. He estimated the shark to be about 26 feet. Check out his photograph showing how he estimated the shark’s size:
Bob’s sighting just shows you don’t even need to be on the water to spot a shark–sometimes you can just enjoy them from the comforts of your deck (well, assuming you’re lucky enough to have a view of the ocean…..).
Check out the CBC story about Bob’s sighting here
Links to Bob’s videos of the sharks: