Canada’s CTV News reports that the jaws of a great white shark caught by fisherman Wayne Linkletter will be donated to the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History located in Halifax. The white shark was accidentally trapped in fishing weir intended to catch herring near Economy, Nova Scotia on August 7. While Linkletter has donated the head of the captured shark to science, the video report at CTV News stated that he plans to eat the rest of it.
Though rare sightings of white sharks in Nova Scotia waters have been reported, physical evidence to back up the reports has been sparse in recent years. The accidental capture of this white shark provides solid evidence of the species presence in the region.
The shark’s jaws are in the process of being cleaned by a museum curator. The jaws are expected to go on display around mid September in the Halfax museum’s marine gallery.
The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has listed Atlantic populations of white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) as “endangered,” while the species is listed as globally “vulnerable” on the ICUN Red List .