Stop and smell the roses

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in Sighting Updates | No Comments

Or, if you are at sea, stop and watch sharks in Roseway Basin.

That’s what researchers with the Canadian Whale Institute did while out surveying for right whales in Roseway Basin in August. Well, okay, they did not stop and watch sharks because they were busy looking for right whales. But when they did see sharks, they recorded their location. Between August 17-20, 2013 they had 8 shark sightings: 4 basking sharks, 1 blue shark and 3 unknown species.

Roseway Basin is on the western Scotian Shelf, south of Nova Scotia. This is an important feeding area for the North Atlantic right whale and in 1993, was formally recognized as a conservation area for this species.  As you know, right whales and basking sharks have a very similar diet, so it’s no surprise that they saw several basking sharks during their survey.

Check out where they saw the sharks! Basking sharks are indicated by RED, blue shark by BLUE and those unknown species indicated by a question mark.

Location of shark sightings by the Canadian Whale Institute between August 17-20, 2013 in Roseway Basin. Red dots = basking shark, blue dot = blue shark, question mark = unknown species.

Location of shark sightings by the Canadian Whale Institute between August 17-20, 2013 in Roseway Basin. Red dots = basking shark, blue dot = blue shark, question mark = unknown species.

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