The great white is
considered very dangerous to people, but is extremely rare off Atlantic Canada
(reported only about once every 5 years). They are often caught accidentally,
usually from becoming entangled in herring weirs or cod nets, but have been
attributed to a few unprovoked attacks on small boats in the past off Nova
Scotia and in the Bay of Fundy. One such attack occurred on July 2, 1932, about
16km northwest of Digby Gut, Bay of Fundy. In the early morning on a calm day a
large shark attacked a fisherman and his son in their 7.6m motor-boat while
they were hauling in their fishing gear. The shark bumped the boat repeatedly,
working its way aft until it was clear of the boat . When inspected later on
shore, they found the propeller blades bent, scrapes in the hull and a few
teeth left embedded in the hull and keel. Upon examination of one of the teeth,
the shark was determined to have been a great white around 4.6m in length.
Another unprovoked attack occurred off Fourchu, Cape Breton in July of 1953.
The boat was bitten and sank, dumping the two fishermen in the water. The shark
did not attack the fishermen but one man drowned in his attempt to swim to
shore. Again the attacking shark was identified by tooth fragments embedded in
the hull. This shark was estimated to be 3.7m in length.
taken fromThe Canadian
Shark Research Laboratory