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The 7 Species Of Sharks You'll Find Swimming In Canadian Waters

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The 7 Species Of Sharks You'll Find Swimming In Canadian Waters

Canadians know how to take advantage of the country's vast coasts and waterways. After a long and brutal winter, there's nothing better than diving into Canada's famed lakes or spending a day at one of its cliffside beaches.

But watery adventures come with a risk. Predatory sea creatures know no bounds. 

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While sharks get a bad rep, and actually play an important role in aquatic ecosystems, no one wants to come within metres of some of the most dangerous predators in the world.

Canadians waters host dozens of shark species, but here are the seven that frequent some of the most populated seaside areas:

Via Monterey Bay Aquarium

Spiny Dogfish

Despite its adorable name, this shark delivers venom through tiny spikes that line its body. Terrifying. Even more scary is the fact that this shark can be found off the coast of all seaside-provinces.

Via BlueWorldTV

Blue Shark

With mesmerizing shades of blue and a rather cute face, the Blue might even entice me to gaze at it for a few milliseconds before running away in absolute terror. The shark has a huge range and can be found off the coasts of both B.C. and the Maritimes.

Via NOAA Fisheries Apex Predators Investigation

Common Thresher

This shark has probably the most terrifying appearance of the sharks on this list. With sharp, angular features and a long, deadly tail, the common thresher is the king of the Atlantic coast in the summer months.

Via David W Dodd


The tope is most seen in waters along B.C.. Fishermen prize it for it's "fighting power," according to

Via NOAA Ocean Explorer

Bluntnose Sixgill

This shark is also spotted frequently off the coast of British Columbia. With strange features leftover from its evolutionary ancestors and absent from its contemporary counterparts, the bluntnose is the primeval sea creature of our nightmares.

Via Mark Conlin

Shortfin Mako

According to Oceana, this is the "fastest shark in the world." And with the ability to leap metres above the surface of the ocean, it's basically a flying terror. In the warmer months, the shortfin mako is attracted to the coasts of the Maritime provinces.

Via NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program

Greenland Shark

This shark prefers the polar waters of the Arctic Ocean but can sometimes wander down into the more populated areas of Canada. Last year, one even swam up the Saint Lawrence River.


    Thomas MacDonald
    Senior Editor
    Thomas MacDonald is a Senior Editor for MTL Blog focused on Montreal public transit and is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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