Sharks, in Atlantic Canada? That's right! There are 21 reported species in our waters.
Sharks of Atlantic Canada
Twenty-eight species of shark, representing 13 families have been reported in Canadian waters. Yet, most Canadians are not aware that we have sharks in our waters at all.
In Canadian Atlantic and Arctic waters, 21 species of shark have been reported, close to half of which are considered to be globally threatened with extinction (e.g. 'vulnerable', 'endangered' or 'critically endangered') by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assessment. While 13 species are considered occasional or rare, eight species, including the basking shark, are common to Atlantic Canada. In addition to sharks, it is not unusual to have rare or migrant sightings of other animal species in this area, such as sea turtles, and even killer whales.
Below, you will find profiles on all 21 species of sharks that have been reported in Atlantic Canadian waters.