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Dead Great White Shark found on shores of Canada’s St. Lawrence River

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Editor’s Note: This article contains images of dead shark carcasses.


A carcass of a great white shark about 10 feet long was found on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Point Sapin, New Brunswick.

The male shark was spotted on Monday, October 16, after about an hour outside Moncton, by photographer Pierrette Landry while walking a beach near Kouchibouguac National Park.

charity ORS Shark Science Requin It claims that the shark had “minor, typical great white scars” and that the male shark had no “obvious injuries”.

According to the ORS, sightings of sharks on beaches in New Brunswick are rare, but still “it’s normal for some sharks to die for various reasons before reaching adulthood.” .

According to the ORS, it is not uncommon for the endangered great white shark to reside in the Gulf of St. It is possible that they will stay there. coast.

A photo courtesy of Landry prompted the ORS to get involved shortly after the shark was spotted.

Photo © Pierrette Landry (courtesy of ORS Shark Science Requins)

Photo © Pierrette Landry (courtesy of ORS Shark Science Requins)

Photo © Pierrette Landry (courtesy of ORS Shark Science Requins)

The ORS says it has received some comments about the blood around the shark’s mouth. According to the organization, the carcass was still fresh when the photo was taken, so the blood could be the result of internal damage or compression of the body, especially the internal organs, when the shark was unable to return to the sea. have a nature

“There is no point in speculating,” says ORS. “Unless an autopsy is performed, the cause will not be known.”

New Brunswick and northern Quebec are undergoing major seal migrations, and great white sharks are hunting for food. ORS scientific director Jeffrey Gallant says this is the most intact great white shark species he’s seen in his 20 years.

Gallant said the chances of shark sightings off the East Coast could increase in the next few years.

The animal was then taken into custody by the Canadian Fisheries and Ocean Service, a department of the Canadian government.

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