SHARKS, SKATES AND RAYS OF THE ST. LAWRENCE

At least seven shark species are known to inhabit the St. Lawrence Estuary but only the Greenland shark and the black dogfish remain yearround. The St. Lawrence Estuary and Gulf are also home to at least seven species of skate and one ray, including the thorny skate which is occasionally captured by ice fishers in the Saguenay Fjord.

BASKING SHARK
Cetorhinus maximus
12 m (40')
June to September - Common
details
BLACK DOGFISH
Centroscyllium fabricii
0.9 m (3')
Yearround - Common
(page under development)
BLUE SHARK
Prionace glauca
3.83 m (12.6')
July to September - Rare
distribution
(page under development)
GREENLAND SHARK
Somniosus microcephalus
7.3 m (24')
Yearround - Common
details
PORBEAGLE SHARK
Lamna nasus
3.6 m (12')
June to September - Common
details
SPINY DOGFISH
Squalus acanthias
1.24 m (4')
July to September - Common
distribution
(page under development)
WHITE SHARK
Carcharodon carcharias
7.1 m (23')
July to September - Very rare
details
BARNDOOR SKATE
Dipturus laevis
Yearround - Less common
(page under development)
LITTLE SKATE
Leucoraja erinacea
Yearround - Rare
(page under development)
ROUND SKATE
Rajella fyllae
Yearround - Rare
(page under development)
SMOOTH SKATE
Malacoraja senta
Yearround - Common
(page under development)
SPINYTAIL SKATE
Bathyraja spinicauda
Yearround - Rare
(page under development)
THORNY SKATE
Amblyraja radiata
Yearround - Common
distribution
(page under development)
WINTER SKATE
Leucoraja ocellata
Yearround - Less common
(page under development)
ATLANTIC TORPEDO RAY
Torpedo nobiliana
July to September - Very rare
(page under development)


SHARK OBSERVATION NETWORK SPECIES LIST
The Shark Observation Network is managed by GEERG