Tagged: Placentia Bay

Great white surprise: the well-travelled shark

In March, 2013, the non-profit, open-source research organization, OCEARCH, caught a four-metre, 900 kg, female great white shark off the Atlantic coast of Florida near Jacksonville, then released it after attaching monitoring and tracking devices. In the year since, the shark has travelled 31,000 kilometres, visiting Cape Hatteras, Bermuda, George’s Bank, Placentia Bay, and the Grand Banks, before crossing the mid-Atlantic ridge to a point 1200 kilometres off the coast of Ireland.

Shark's year of travel

In late October, Lydia, as the researchers nicknamed her. spent three days exploring Newfoundland’s Placentia Bay and Merasheen Island:

Shark in Placentia

You can follow Lydia’s travels on OCEARCH’s interactive, live-tracking map. You can follow OCEARCH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here’s a video of Lydia’s capture and tagging.

The UK Telegraph has more on the story. H/T: Alexis Madrigal.

Anita on Roger

anita_500-sc-sepiaOne of the gems Canada acquired when it joined Newfoundland in 1949 was the then-infant Anita Best of  Merasheen Island, Placentia Bay. Anita was barely a teenager when Joey Smallwood expunged her fishing community of residents in the great and tragic resettlement. She grew up to be the greatest collector and interpreter of Newfoundland music, storytelling, and folklore of our era—a national treasure in both nations.

Anita writes:

Just read the comment on Roger Howse’s Hendrix night at Bearly’s.  Thanks for posting it.  I miss Roger’s music a lot.

High praise indeed.