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Great white shark detected in the Minas Basin

Darren Porter says one of 42 receivers that are part of an acoustic monitoring study funded by Big Moon Power pinged the shark last week
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Hilton the great white shark (photo courtesy of Ocearch)

A great white shark named 'Andale' has been detected in the Minas Basin.

Darren Porter says one of 42 receivers that are part of an acoustic monitoring study funded by Big Moon Power pinged the shark last week.

"She's been here before. She's one of the longest tracked sharks in the Atlantic Ocean for over 6 years," explained the Fundy United Federation of Fishermen member. "She's been all the way from Florida to Quebec  and she's been from the United States to Canada every single year for the last 6 years."

Porter told NEWS 95.7's The Rick Howe Show Andale was tagged by an American research team in 2012.

Listen to Rick Howe's conversation with Darren Porter:

He would like to see more funding to study great white sharks in the waters off of Nova Scotia's shores.
 
"Before people used to kind of dismiss the white shark as kind of fluky in Canada, well they can't do that anymore," he explained. "We're detecting the same sharks multiple times over different years. They're not just passing by."

A 300-kilogram great white shark named 'Pumpkin' spent two months in the Minas Basin last summer and Porter believes she could return this year.

"Pumpkin was just detected off Cape Cod heading our way."

And that may not be our only repeat visitor. Another great white shark tagged by OCEARCH also could make a reappearance in Nova Scotian waters.

Hilton spent months lurking off the south shore last year, mostly being detected in the area between LaHave Island and Peggys Cove.

The 600-kilogram great white is also making his way north after wintering near Florida and Georgia. Hilton pinged just south of Nantucket Tuesday night.



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