Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mystery Shark - Sable Island Canada

Dr. Peter Klimley of U.C Davis is perhaps one of the most interesting guys you'll ever want to sit down and share a beer with if you really like sharks.

Several years ago when we first proposed a long term white shark project at Isla Guadalupe he told me of a shark "mystery" off Sable Island in Canada. This was back in 2001.

If there's one thing I like it's a mystery and if it involves sharks even more so.

As it turned out dead seals were appearing on the beaches. This is not uncommon near seal rookeries, what was interesting were the wounds on these seals. For all intents these seals had been stripped of their blubber, as one would peel the skin off an apple in a corkscrew motion.

The question then, "what was doing this to these seals?" The usual suspects were quickly ruled out killer whales and white sharks. This according to Peter, was another kind of shark altogether, or was it?

The mystery remains, no one has yet identified the critter responsible for these attacks. One things for sure, it remains one of the most unique feeding patterns ever recorded.

Patric Douglas CEO

1 comment:

Capt. Stanley Paul said...

I seen Orca's 60 to 100nm off Cape Breton Island, in the Summer of 2008. It's fin was approximately 3.5 feet and my brother has pictures to prove it.
Capt. Stanley Paul
Eskasoni First Nation