Posted by on Sep 9, 2012 in Sighting Updates | One Comment

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 Bay. Luckily, Nova Scotia whale watches have been submitting shark sightings, providing us with important information on shark distribution in an area that we don’t cover.

Freeport Whale & Seabird Tours were the first whale watch to submit a shark sighting. They saw a basking shark just off Long Island on August 7, 2012.

Oceans Explorations Zodiac Whale Cruises have seen several sharks this summer. They sighted a basking shark August 10, 2012 near Brier Island. The next day, they sighted another basking shark northwest of Flour Cove, off Long Island. Ten days previously, they saw a basking shark breach in that same area. Another basking shark was spotted August 25, 2012 off Brier Island, but they weren’t able to get a location.

Locations of basking sharks seen by whale watch vessels from Nova Scotia In August, 2012

Photograph of a basking shark taken off Grand Manan as the sun was setting on August 19, 2012 (S. Wong, Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station)

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  1. Anne van Arragon
    August 15, 2015

    At least three of us saw a shark today zipping through the channel between Digby Neck and Long Island (Tiverton). We were just on the ferry and I don’t think it had set off yet. At first we called it a whale, but then said, Wait a minute! Whales don’t have black triangular fins like that! Your image above “Shark Identification Network is just about what I saw, with the distinct triangular fin entirely above water, and a bit of something else. He or she was moving along at a good clip, running north to south. No, we don’t have a photo; it was too quick for that.


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