Great white shark spotted in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Quebec

Jul 17 2019, 1:38 pm

An 8 foot, 9 inch great white shark was spotted off of Quebec’s Gulf of St-Lawrence near Iles-de-la-Madeleine this week.

Now might be a good time to cue the Jaws theme.

Dum dum… Dum dum…

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The shark, dubbed Brunswick, is being traced through a GPS chip by the American non-profit group Ocearch.

The organization says this is the first time a great white shark has been spotted so close to Quebec’s island chain.

Administratively, the Iles-de-la-Madeleine islands are part of the Gaspésie-Iles-de-la-Madeleine region of Quebec though they are geographically closer to the Maritime provinces.

According to Ocearch, Brunswick has been swimming up the Atlantic coastline since February. In June, it was spotted near Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick before swimming towards Cape Breton and then settling in Quebec.

The shark was tagged with a GPS chip as part of a research project in order to track the movements of great whites and their eating habits.

As of today, there hasn’t been any word on whether Brunswick has picked up any French.