September 7, 2018 12:30 pm

‘Hilton the Shark’ makes turn toward Newfoundland

A shark known as "Hilton" is seen in this undated handout photo.


A great white shark whose wanderings along Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast have made him an East Coast celebrity may be headed for Newfoundland.

Hilton tweeted late Thursday from a spot about midway between Cape Breton and Newfoundland, and suggested he might be headed for the easternmost province or the Grand Banks.

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The 600-kilogram male shark was tagged by the research group Ocearch, which curates a charming, wry Twitter feed chronicling his movements as he migrates along the eastern coast of North America.

The group believes there is mating site off Canada’s East Coast, and plans a Nova Scotia research trip later this month.

Hilton, who lingered last year near Mahone Bay, N.S., moved north after arriving this July, passing by Halifax and then Cape Breton this week.

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His current trajectory has him potentially heading in a direction just south of the French-owned islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon and toward Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula.

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