The Shark Whisperers – Part II
It’s another day at work. You attach your six to seven-metre office to the back of a truck, haul it out to a wharf and launch it into the water. You’re open for business and looking for clients.
Meet Chris Holloway, Trevor Maddigan, Ana Storch and Brad Vaters, research technicians for Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) with the Marine Fish Species At Risk team.
They’re looking for a face-to-face with one of the oldest groups of fish in the world; the sharks that swim the waters ...
Sharks are Making Waves – Part I
To say that sharks go a long way back in history is a colossal understatement.
Sharks have lived on this planet 200 million years before dinosaurs. For the last 450 million years, the shark has been making waves.
“They are among the most ancient branch of fish. They survived most of the mass extinctions in the past. They’re very plastic in the sense they can occupy many different habitats,” says Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Aquatic Sciences biologist Dr. Luiz Mello with the ...
Sharks, Wharves, Lighthouses and Hard Luck Henry
August is the time for shark scrambles or fishing derbies in Nova Scotia.
While the agreat white, the mako, and the hammerhead get all the glory and gory details, the blue shark is the main attraction in these tournaments.
While many people cringe at the ‘wastefulness’ of these derbies or any other hunt or fishery which is conducted for recreation, the blue shark scrambles provides DFO the opportunity to study these animals up close, adding valuable information as to where the species ...