While the summer begins and the weather gets warmer, Canadians will be running out to the ocean in hopes to spend the next season by the beach. One thing that's always on our minds is the worry that something dangerous could be lurking below the water's surface. You might be surprised to hear that great white sharks have been spotted in Canadian waters recently.
Even though it's only May, the weather is already warming up due to changes in our Earth's climate. In reaction, predators like great white sharks have begun to swim upwards to the Great North in search of food and cooler climates.
Last summer, there were multiple reports that great white sharks were spotted on the shores of Canada.
Last September, scientists tagged a great white shark that was swimming just off the coast of Nova Scotia. Experts claimed the shark was approximately 20-years-old.
If you're located near the Atlantic ocean, then you're probably already aware that great white sharks are sometimes spotted in Canadian waters. While it is a rare sighting, they do frequent our borders during this time of the year.
Another couple caught a great white shark swimming in Canadian waters last summer in Nova Scotia. They were fishing for striped bass but found a great white instead!
In June of last year, another great white shark was spotted but the incident was a bit scarier! Two paddleboarders noticed a menacing dorsal fin near the coast of New Brunswick.
In that incident, The Globe And Mail confirmed that Canadian waters have become a desirable place for great whites to migrate to especially when they're searching for food. According to their interview with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, previously we used to hear of shark sightings in Canada every three to five years. Since then, sightings have increased to one to two per year in the past five years.
The great white sharks tend to move north during the summer, especially at the beginning of early June. They're most often found along the Eastern coast of the United States but have frequented Canadian waters too.
Humans actually pose the biggest threat to white sharks as they have been known to capture them for sport fishing, commercial bycatch and for international trade purposes.
According to the Government of Canada, great white sharks are endangered. They're known for their large size and predatory nature. In a global perspective, the great white shark is "vulnerable" according to the World Conservation Union. They've been protected by California legislation since 1997, which makes it illegal to harass or attract a great white in any way to possess or sell the animal.
On Canada's Pacific Coast, fisheries are prohibited from keeping great white sharks and any other species of shark (with the exception of dogfish).