What basking sharks like

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Sighting Updates | No Comments

Basking sharks frequent the Bay of Fundy from May to November, although your best chance of spotting one is in August and September. Despite being common in these months, there are some areas of the Bay where you are far more likely to see a basking shark than others. What makes good basking shark habitat??

Feeding basking shark making a sharp turn. Photographed by  Glauco A. Puig-Santana, Allied Whale, on June 19, 2013.

Feeding basking shark making a sharp turn. Photographed by Glauco A. Puig-Santana, Allied Whale, on June 19, 2013.

Zach Siders, currently a doctoral student at the University of Florida, did his Master’s research (at the University of North Carolina Wilmington) on the habitat use and diving behaviour of basking sharks in the Bay of Fundy and spent several summers conducting his research out of the Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station. He recently published a paper on the habitat use of basking sharks in the Bay of Fundy entitled “Seasonal Variation in the Spatial Distribution of Basking Sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) in the Lower Bay of Fundy, Canada” in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. Zach found that from July to September, basking sharks are more likely to be found in waters that are deeper than 100 m, and especially in the Grand Manan Basin. In October, sharks were found primarily further south in the Gulf of Maine, in waters more than 200 m deep.

If you want to read the entire paper, it can be found here

Zach recently gave an interview to the CBC, which can be heard here

Finally, you can read a quick summary of Zach’s paper in the Chronicle Herald here

 

 

 

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