Tough call!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Sighting Updates | No Comments

The summer has kept us busy spreading the word about SIN, adding shark sightings from keen observers to our database, as well as new photographs of basking sharks to our photo ID catalogue. This has meant we’ve neglected our blog the last month…but we have lots of exciting posts to share in the coming weeks, so please check back frequently.

As you may remember, researchers from Allied Whale have been recording their shark sightings in the Gulf of Maine and taking photographs of basking sharks. Here is a photo of a basking shark snapped by Glauco Puig-Santana August 17.

Photograph of a basking shark sighted August 17, 2013. Photographed by Glauco Puig-Santana from Allied Whale

Photograph of a basking shark sighted August 17, 2013. Photographed by Glauco Puig-Santana from Allied Whale

Location of a basking shark recently sighted in the Gulf of Maine.  Sighting made by Glauco Puig-Santana, Allied whale, on August 17, 2013

Location of a basking shark recently sighted in the Gulf of Maine. Sighting made by Glauco Puig-Santana, Allied whale, on August 17, 2013

Pretty distinct fin, right? That’s what we thought. In fact, it looked very familiar to us….

Turns out, we photographed a shark with a very similar fin a couple years ago (August 30, 2011), in the Bay of Fundy–see below.  At a quick glace, they look almost the same, but on closer inspection, it appears that these are likely different individuals. However, the comparison did generate much debate and discussion!

Photograph of a basking shark sighting on August 30, 2011 by S.Wong, GMWSRS. This fin is similar to the basking shark photographed by Glauco Puig-Santana in the Gulf of Maine in August, 2013 (see above)

Photograph of a basking shark sighting on August 30, 2011 by S.Wong, GMWSRS. This fin is similar to the basking shark photographed by Glauco Puig-Santana in the Gulf of Maine in August, 2013 (see above)

Over the next couple of months, we will be going through our catalogue to see if any of the new photographs taken this year match existing photographs. We’ll keep you posted on what we find!

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