BASKING SHARK DISTRIBUTION | QUEBEC AND MARITIME PROVINCES
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The Basking shark is found in almost all of the worlds' oceans. Its American habitat extends from the North Atlantic off Newfoundland, to the South Atlantic. In Quebec, the Basking shark is found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the summer and fall and it often ventures into the St. Lawrence Estuary. It is frequently observed off the Gaspé Peninsula especially in the Bay of Chaleur. Specimens have even been captured in the dead of winter by trawlers, which may be an indication that a certain number remain in the Gulf of St. Lawrence year-round.
ST. LAWRENCE: The seasonal presence of Cetorhinus maximus in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is neither recent nor is it related to climate change.
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AUTHOR: Jeffrey Gallant
LAST MODIFIED: October 22, 2016
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