Second shark detected off Nova Scotia

HALIFAX — Another great white shark has been detected off Nova Scotia.

A tag attached to Savannah, a 210-kilogram shark, pinged Monday morning off Barren Island near Sherbooke on the province’s eastern shore.

It joins a 600-kilogram tagged shark named Hilton, who has spent more than a week along Nova Scotia’s south shore, and most recently pinged Monday night off Peggys Cove.

Both sharks were tagged by the research group Ocearch, and are being watched closely through an Ocearch tracking map and their own Twitter feeds with thousands of followers.

Ocearch chairman Chris Fischer has said white sharks could be using Sable Island as a place to mate.

The sharks are also likely drawn to the province to feed on seals.

On Tuesday, Hilton’s Twitter feed responded to a tweet showing seals off Grandmother’s Cove near Lunenburg, N.S., with a drool emoji and the words: ”Mmmm yummy seals.”

Rear Admiral John Newton, who commands Canada’s East Coast navy, also tweeted a photo Monday of a south shore inlet, saying “@HiltonTheShark has been scaring the seals right up into our cove today. First time seeing them hanging in the shallows.”

On Monday, Hilton had tweeted a map showing his Nova Scotia location and called to another Twitter-using shark: “Hey @SharkSavannah, come on up. Lots of good eating here!”

In November, a 900-kg great white named Lydia — who also has her own Ocearch-managed Twitter account — was among two tracking off Nova Scotia.

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