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.
Photographs of a basking shark taken by the New England Aquarium on August 19, 2012 at 6pm local time.
Photograph of a basking shark taken by the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station on August 19, 2012 at 5pm local time. The photograph has been flipped to make the comparison easier.
We tagged this shark with a satellite tag (see here for more details on our satellite tags) on August 19, 2012 at about 5pm. An hour later, the NEA photographed this shark about 1km away from where we had tagged it!
Location of a basking shark sighted and tagged by researchers at the Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station on August 19, 2012 at 5pm (red) and photographed by researchers at the New England Aquarium an hour later (yellow).