Atlantic Sharp Nose Shark , Bay of Fundy

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Sharks in the Bay

   Sharks! While the mention of this word instills feelings of fear and loathing in most people, it is something they also associate with tropical waters. Nothing could be further from the truth! Sharks are found right here in our own Bay of Fundy! While most people will spend their entire lives and not see one, they are here, swimming silently below the surface. A large shark however, the basking shark, is often seen slowly swimming at the surface with its huge dorsal fin riding high in the water. There are many other types of sharks found in our waters. Another shark frequently encountered is the porbeagle shark. To the untrained eye, this may be mistaken for a small Great White shark, which is also found in the Bay of Fundy. A large Great White was caught in the Bay several years ago and many have been sighted since then. What is likely the fastest swimming shark, the mako, is frequently found in our waters. These are only a few of the many species that are found in our waters. Sharks are magnificant animals which have been around for 400 million years!

Dr. S. D. Turnbull
Centre for Coastal Studies and Aquaculture
Department of Biology
University of New Brunswick
Saint John, New Brunswick Canada,
E2L 4L5
turnbull@unb.ca
1-506-648-5708

The Adventures Aboard The Fundy Starr
written by Dr. Stephen Turnbull/Christine (Shaw) Reevey
Illustrated by Kory McCumber & Wilfred Morris

Below the Bay We've showed you what swims in the bay, now how about a look at what is living on the bottom of the bay.

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