Canada is known for a lot of things but sharks definitely do not come up on that list. But that doesn't mean that we don't have sharks hanging around in our waters. The great white shark Brunswick is still swimming around Atlantic Canada. But don't be scared of this exploratory shark.
The shark who made headlines back in July and August is still spending his time swimming around the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and getting close to land. The organization that tagged Brunswick, Ocearch, continues to track his travels.
Brunswick is a male great white shark who's been lingering in Atlantic Canada for a couple of months now. He's not even a full adult yet but he's already 8 feet, 9 inches and weighs 431.54 pounds.
According to Ocearch, Brunswick has been swimming along routes that the organization has never seen before.
"There's a whole system of white sharks up here now and we're really just starting to get our heads around the tip of the iceberg," Chris Fisher, Ocearch expedition leader, told the CBC.
An Ocearch team is currently in Canada for its 2019 Nova Scotia expedition to try and learn how these sharks are using the Canadian habitat. The expedition last year saw six white sharks tagged and five of those have already returned to the area. Ocearch believes that this "suggests the Canadian Maritimes play an even more important role in the life history of Northwest Atlantic white sharks than previously believed."
On September 27, Ocearch saw its first juvenile white shark in Nova Scotia and the organization said that its presence "shows us there is a whole new piece of the white shark puzzle up here beyond just big adults."
Brunswick has been touring Atlantic Canada since the end of July but most recently he has travelled from PEI to New Brunswick. His latest location was pinged at 4:57 a.m. on September 28 in the waters between New Brunswick and the Gaspé Peninsula.
Even though Brunswick isn't the only shark in the area he is the most notable one. The shark has been hanging around Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick and Quebec's Magdalen Islands since late July.
The shark was first tagged by Ocearch in late February off the coast of South Carolina. He has since swum up the U.S. coast and made his way to Canada. According to Ocearch, in 103 Brunswick has travelled almost 7,000 kilometres.
Even though Brunswick has been swimming close to land, researchers say that there's nothing really to worry about.
"If you live in Canada and you swim, you've been swimming with white sharks your entire life. It's something that is talked about only because of the movies. The odds of a shark incident are like over one in 10 million," said Fisher.
So while it might be jarring to hear that there are a lot of sharks swimming around in the ocean and close to land in Canada, researchers don't want people to be concerned.
Despite his journeys through Atlantic Canada, Brunswick unfortunately didn't get his name from the Canadian province, instead, he is named for the people of Brunswick, Georgia.
But we still think he's done enough to become an honorary Canadian.