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Report a Shark, Skate or Ray in BC

Report a Shark, Skate or Ray in BC
If you catch a shark or skate while fishing or see one washed up on a beach, we want to hear from you! Here are some steps you can take quickly and with little equipment. Note if a beached shark is alive or shows any responsiveness - do NOT touch it. If you happen to catch the shark while fishing please take a photo and release the animal alive.

Essential information to record

  • Record date, time and location including GPS coordinates (if possible)
  • Length from tip of nose to tip of tail (use your foot length if no equipment is available)
  • Behaviour - if alive what was it doing
  • Sex – males have claspers
  • Any marks, injuries or fishing gear that suggests how the animal may have died

Photograph details to take

  • Whole animal, preferably the SIDE view (include hand or foot for scale)
  • Underside of the head and under the pectoral fins
  • Underside of the pelvic fins (verifies shark’s sex)
  • Teeth, close-up (verifies species identification)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Greenland Shark Rescued in Newfoundland after "Choking" on a Chunk of Moose!

Oh my, it has been a very busy year and we are acutely aware of how negligent we have been with this blog! So sorry! The good news is that YOU haven't been! Thank you for all of your reports and interest in sharks and skates! We promise to do a nice little summary post of some of the highlights you sent to us throughout the year ASAP.

In the mean time, we'll leave you with this sweet story of a Greenland Shark rescue from Newfoundland. Make sure you listen to the audio too! Very interesting!

Heartfelt t'anks to Derrick Chaulk and Jeremy Ball for their rescue efforts, and the clapping folks of Norris Arm North. Have a look at where this community is on the map as it is rather fascinating to see how far "inland" the shark went.

Note: It is not uncommon for a shark to appear dead on the beach when in fact it is still alive. Just like animals hit on the highway, it's always worthwhile to check, just in case! :)