It appears Nova Scotia’s shark season is back and making a splash.
According to OCEARCH, a non-profit organization that researches and tracks great white sharks, “George the Shark” has recently been spotted off the coast of Nova Scotia.
OCEARCH says George is an immature white shark, who has spent much of his time in the Mid-Atlantic.
“(George the Shark) is in an area we’ve only ever tracked mature females,” OCEARCH said on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
Nova Scotia’s summer of sharks
Last year, a 600-kilogram great white shark named Hilton made quite the splash in Nova Scotia waters.
The 3.7-metre celebrity shark first appeared along Nova Scotia’s south shore in August 2017, with many taking to social media to track his movements.
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He was pinged several times heading towards the Halifax Harbour in September 2017. He was also spotted heading towards St. Margaret’s Bay and Peggys Cove, the popular Nova Scotia tourist attraction.
Savannah, a 200-kilogram great white shark, was also detected in Nova Scotia last year. She was last spotted near Port Dufferin, N.S. back in August.
In July 2017, a 300-kilogram great white shark, affectionately known as Pumpkin, was detected in Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin.
Ocearch has tagged over 300 sharks, almost half of them being white sharks, including about 25 on the east coast of North America, and open-sourced the data on its website and free app.
–With files from Alexander Quon and The Canadian Press