It’s the first day of summer and things are starting to get busy. We just recently heard that we’ve received some Habitat Stewardship Funding (HSP) to expand our Bay of Fundy Basking Shark Photo ID Catalogue and Shark Sighting Database to the Eastern seaboard: from the Gulf of Maine up to Newfoundland! And since that’s quite a mouthful, we’ve coined this initiative the Shark Identification Network. Yes, that’s right, our acronym is SIN.
By expanding our program, we’ll have a better understanding of the distribution, movements and occurrence of sharks not only in the Bay of Fundy, but in other regions of the Northwest Atlantic–with your help, of course. The expansion will occur over a three year period. This summer, we’ll be focusing on the Gulf of Maine, the rest of Nova Scotia and, of course, continuing our work in the Bay of Fundy. Many of the basking sharks seen in the Bay of Fundy during the summer likely travel through the Gulf of Maine, so we’re hoping that we’ll find matches between the two areas.
This weekend, we’ll be meeting with whale watch companies in Bar Harbor, as well as Eastport, Lubec, and Campobello. And we’ll be meeting with the whale watch companies in St Andrews that were already participating last summer. We are also working on a new website for SIN where visitors will be able to learn more about the individuals identified in our Basking Shark Photo ID Catalogue. So, please stay tuned! We’ll let you know when that goes live!