August 15, 2017 11:57 am
Updated: August 15, 2017 2:03 pm

Hilton, the 600-kg great white shark, spotted heading closer to Nova Scotia

Hilton is a 3.7 metre long shark who weighs 600 kilograms

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Hilton, the 600 kg great white shark that was last detected near Halifax, may be closer than you think, Nova Scotia.

According to an electronic tag from research group OCEARCH, the monstrous 3.7-metre long shark was spotted heading towards St. Margaret’s Bay last night at 8:47 p.m.

The electronic marker brings him extremely close to Peggy’s Cove, the popular Nova Scotia tourist attraction.


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Hilton was tagged by the research group Ocearch in Hilton Head, S.C., in March. Since then he has headed north, making his way up the East Coast.

He’s not the only shark that’s made its way to Nova Scotia.

Savannah, a 200-kg great white shark, has also been detected in the area. She was last spotted near Port Dufferin, N.S. on Monday morning.

In July, a 300-kilogram great white shark, affectionately known as Pumpkin, was detected in Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin.

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Ocearch chairman Chris Fischer has said great white sharks could be using Nova Scotia’s Sable Island as a place to mate.

Fred Whoriskey, executive director of Ocean Tracking Network, says that the increased sightings of great white shark during the last 10 years is a good thing.

“[Different shark species] are critically important for our ecosystems. They have effects of controlling other large predators. For example, these large white sharks are feeding on seals,”

— With files from the Canadian Press

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