Shark Sightings in the Bay of Fundy

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.

At least six species of shark inhabit the Bay of Fundy, but little is known about their distribution, movements or occurrence in the Bay and even less so about the threats they face.

To learn more about sharks in the Bay of Fundy, the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station needs your help and contribution to:

1. Basking Shark Photo ID Catalogue. Individual Basking Sharks can be identified based on the shape of their dorsal fins and location of nicks and notches. Photos of individual sharks can tell us whether the same sharks return to the Bay of Fundy year after year and how individuals use the Bay within the same season.

2. Shark Sighting Database. Sightings of all shark species will provide a better understanding of shark distribution and occurrence in the Bay of Fundy.

Problematic Idenification

While most species of shark can be differentiated from one another, some shark species may be confused. To add to the problem, there are also other species, such as the Mola Mola or Ocean Sunfish, which further complicate proper identification.

To learn more about sharks in the Bay of Fundy, download our Shark Identification Sheet or check out our blog.

For more information contact us via:

Visit: Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station


Phone (toll-free): Via Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) Hotline 1-866-567-6277

To report a sighting:

(day) (year)
Latitude: deg min
Longitude: deg min

metres  feet

exact  approx
Captured while fishing (bycatch)
Injured/sick animal
Other (specify in comments)
Motor vessel < 25 ft
Motor vessel 25-60 ft
Motor vessel > 60 ft
Photographs Video
Email photos to  or we can contact you to make arrangements for file transfer or shipping.

Observer Information (Optional)
You do not have to provide any contact information, but we would like to speak with you about your report.


Special Thanks:

Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station and WWF would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk for supporting this work.
WWF would also like to acknowledge CSL Group Inc. and the Canadian Wildlife Federation for supporting this work.

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