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Yes, We Have Sharks: Where To Spot These Amazing Creatures In Canadian Waters

“Will travel for sharks.” If that’s your motto this Shark Week (happy Shark Week!) then we have some amazing news for you: there’s no need to fly down to Florida or the warm waters of the Carribean — there are sharks keeping it cool right here off of Canada’s coasts. You just have to know where to look.

The east coast of the country is home to Atlantic-living sharks like the Porbeagle which loves cooler waters and has been spotted off the shores of Nova Scotia where the ocean stays below 18 degrees year round. The Common Thresher shark, with its extra-long, extra-elegant tail fin hangs here in the summer, too but migrates south for the winter (smart). The Shortfin Mako shark — known as the fastest shark in the water — is another species that’s happy to zip up for a visit to our east coast in the summer.

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Over on the west side, Pacific Spiny Dogfish sharks (little guys with venomous spines) share the ocean waters with Tope sharks, Pacific Sleeper sharks, and Bluntnose Sixgill sharks (the kind with one more gill that most other species of shark — a shout out to the shark’s prehistoric past). And the Pacific Ocean’s Salmon sharks are our main competition for delicious wild BC salmon. Mmmm sashimi. Meanwhile, the sparkling Blue shark is bicoastal, making its home of both the east and west coasts of Canada.

But that isn’t all: there are even sharks living that polar life up in the arctic. Greenland sharks have zero interest in water that isn’t as close to zero degrees as possible. These slow-moving scavengers chill out in the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans and aren’t at all picky about what they eat. Proof that slow might be the way to go? Scientists have discovered a female Greenland shark that lived to be 400 years old.

Landlocked this summer? You can still see some sharks. Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto is home to Sandbar and Sand Tiger sharks. We recommend checking them out at feeding time.

Watch Dan Rodo of The Danocracy learn how to train sharks at Ripley’s, and tune into Shark Week starting Sunday 8ET on Discovery Canada.

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