Globally, sharks are becoming increasingly recognized as species of conservation concern. Threats to sharks in Atlantic Canada include: bycatch and entanglement in fisheries and, in the case of Basking sharks, vessel strikes. The Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk have funded a GMWSRS project to expand both our photo-identification catalogue of basking sharks for the Bay of Fundy and a shark sighting database.
Video of a basking shark taken from a whale watching vessel July 21, 2012 south of Grand Manan Island
|Basking shark dorsal fin photographed July 8, 2012 off Grand Manan Island|
Individual Basking Sharks can be identified based on the shape of their dorsal fins and location of nicks and notches. Submit your sighting and photographs online:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone (toll-free): Via Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) Hotline 1-866-567-6277