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A Great White Shark Was Caught Hanging Out Around New Brunswick & PEI

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A Great White Shark Was Caught Hanging Out Around New Brunswick & PEI

Does anyone else hear the theme from Jaws? Residents of Canada's east coast might be recalling Steven Spielberg's classic, as researchers located a great white shark in the PEI and New Brunswick area. It's not fully grown, but it's still got plenty of teeth.

Members of Ocearch, an oceanic research organization, posted on Instagram about one of their tagged sharks. The aquatic animal is named Brunswick, after his most frequent stomping (swimming?) grounds. 

"Wow check this out!! White shark Brunswick is in New Brunswick," the caption on the July 7 post reads, "We know white sharks visit this area but he’s sending back the first actual white shark pings we’ve ever collected from between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Very cool!"

According to the tracker on the organization's website, Brunswick last pinged his location in the deep waters south of Nova Scotia on June 8.

He weighs in at an impressive 431.54 lbs and is over eight feet long. He's also in the sub-adult stage of his life, meaning he could grow even more.

Brunswick manages to get around. He began heading south at the end of last year, making his way down to the Gulf of Mexico.

He began making his way back north in April, eventually finding his way to the Maritimes once again.

This particular shark was tagged in February 2019 near Hilton Head, South Carolina. However, Ocearch also tagged 11 additional sharks off the Nova Scotia coast last year.

The waters off the east coast are home to some incredible aquatic wildlife.

That includes playful beluga whales that will sometimes swim right under your kayak (causing the kind of joy that only a Newfoundlander can exhibit).

While the pandemic kept most people's shark obsessions at bay, Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto gave people the chance to watch sharks from their couch using a live feed available online.

Left cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.