Great white shark get­ting too close

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

HAL­I­FAX — A great white shark has been de­tected near Hal­i­fax — the sec­ond great white spot­ted in Nova Sco­tia in a month — spark­ing both amuse­ment and anx­i­ety. One Twitter user joked it was “a lit­tle too close for com­fort,” af­ter a 600-kilo­gram tagged shark named Hil­ton sig­nalled it was in Ma­hone Bay, a tourist town 85 kilo­me­tres from Hal­i­fax on the prov­ince’s south shore. Hil­ton — tagged by the re­search group Ocearch in March in Hil­ton Head, S.C. — sig­nalled he was in Ma­hone Bay on Sun­day. A 300-kilo­gram great white shark af­fec­tion­ately known as Pump­kin was de­tected in late July in Nova Sco­tia’s Mi­nas Basin as she feasted on an abun­dance of seals. In Novem­ber, a 900-kilo­gram great white named Ly­dia — who like Hil­ton has her own Ocearch-man­aged Twitter ac­count — was among two track­ing off Nova Sco­tia. Ocearch chair­man Chris Fis­cher has said white sharks could be us­ing Nova Sco­tia’s Sable Is­land as a place to mate. On Mon­day, Hil­ton tweeted a map show­ing his Nova Sco­tia lo­ca­tion and called to another Twit­terus­ing shark: “Hey @SharkSa­van­nah, come on up. Lots of good eat­ing here!”

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