Information on Sharks
The cost of a shark charter with us is $1600. The charter includes lunch and cold beer. There are several shark species found in waters off Newfoundland and Labrador. The blue shark is the most common and commercially valuable of these species, however other species such as the Mako, Greenland, Basking, Porbeagle, and Thresher sharks, have been assessed for their commercial significance in recent years.
Common Names: Blue Dog
Description: One of the most common pelagic sharks seen in NL waters. A long & slender body, with long pectoral fins & distinct colouration.
Colour: Deep indigo blue top, vibrant blue on its side, fading to a completely white underbelly.
At birth: 40-51 cm
Average Size: 3.4M
Maximum: 4.0m (13 ft)
Common Names: Mackerel Shark
Description: One of the most common pelagic sharks seen in NL waters. Large black eyes, short conical snout, heavy spindle-shaped body (like the White Shark), distinct white patch on the trailing edge of the first dorsal fin, also secondary keel on the tail.
Colour: Blue-gray on top, fading to a completely white underbelly.
At birth: 60-75 cm
Average Size: 2.4 m
Maximum: 3.5m (11.5 ft)
Shortfin Mako Shark
Common Names: Mako
Description: Fastest shark in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean & a “jumper” when hooked. Sleek, spindle-shaped body.
Colour: Distinct countershading: metallic indigo blue on top & completely white underbelly.
At Birth: 70-77 cm
Average Size: 2.7 m
Maximum: 4.5 m (15 ft)
Common Names: Bone Shark
Description: Second largest fish in Canadian waters & around the world (behind Whale shark). Swims slowly near the surface, often with its huge mouth wide open. Filter-feeding on plankton & small crustaceans with its feathery “gill rakers”.
Colour: Grayish Brown all over its body; often has a mottled appearance.
Average Size: 7m
Maximum: 15m (50 ft)
Common Names: “Great” White Shark
Description: Large, heavy, spindle-shaped shark.
Colour: Distinct countershading: varies from lead gray, brownish gray, or black on top & completely white underbelly.
Juvenile: ~100 cm
Average Size: 4.6m
Maximum: 6.4 m (21 ft)
Common Names: Ground Shark
Description: Large, flabby shark that is generally slow-moving.
Colour: Varies slightly: adults can be brown, black, purplish gray, or slate gray all over; may also have dark bands or small white spots on their body.
Juvenile: 38 cm
Average Size: 4.5m
Maximum: 7.3 m (24 ft)
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
Description: Atlantic bluefin tuna have large, torpedo-shaped bodies that are nearly circular in cross-section. They are the largest of the tuna species and can reach up to 13 feet and 2,000 pounds. They have dark blue-black on the back and white on the lower sides and belly.