Basking shark? Check. Porbeagle? Check. White shark? Check.
It seems that Quoddy Link Marine is determined to see all the species of large sharks that frequent the Bay of Fundy this summer and they’re already half way there!
On July 23, passengers on board their whale watch vessel got the sighting of a lifetime: a white shark! This incredible sighting quickly made the news (see CBC story here). Nick Hawkins, one of the Quoddy Link’s naturalists, even snapped some photographs of the shark and species id was confirmed by Dr. Steve Turnbull, a shark biologist at University of New Brunswick. Folks from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy were very excited about the sighting and have added this new individual to their database, which of course, has been named ‘Quoddy’.
Porbeagle photographed by Jolinne Surette in the Bay of Fundy on July 30, 2014 from Quoddy Link Marine.
As we mentioned last week, there are lots of basking sharks in the Bay this year and so far, Quoddy Link Marine has sighted 5! Danielle Dion managed to capture a breaching basking shark on film on August 7 and then photographed two more individuals on August 12. Another 2 basking sharks were sighted on August 12, but were too sneaky to be photographed.
Basking shark breaching on August 7, 2014 in the Bay of Fundy. Photographed by Danielle Dion.
Basking shark photographed by Danielle Dion in the Bay of Fundy on August 12, 2014. This is a picture perfect photo of a basking shark dorsal fin and we’re keen to see if it matches any of the other individuals in our catalogue!
Quoddy Link Marine is definitely getting to see a nice diversity of shark species. We’re eager to find out what species they’ll report next!