WHITE SHARK DISTRIBUTION | CANADIAN MARITIME PROVINCES AND QUEBEC
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The white shark has one of the widest ranges of any shark species. It is found from sub-Arctic to tropical conditions. In the Atlantic Ocean, the distribution of the white shark extends from the island of Newfoundland to Florida. It has been documented as far west as Rivière-Portneuf in the St. Lawrence Estuary, only 40 km east of Les Escoumins, Quebec's most popular dive site. The white shark routinely ventures into shallow water in search of marine mammals such as seals. Its excursions into the Maritimes and Quebec normally occur between July and October.
ST. LAWRENCE: Although the white shark has only been reported four times in Quebec, its presence in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is neither recent nor is it exclusively related to climate change. Increased protection of both the white shark and seals, as well as global warming, may result in more frequent observations of the white shark in Atlantic Canada and the St. Lawrence Gulf and Estuary.
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AUTHOR: Jeffrey Gallant
LAST MODIFIED: October 12, 2016
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