The Vancouver Island Shark: Mako Or Great White?

//The Vancouver Island Shark: Mako Or Great White?

Adding still more fuel to a debate that started in 2005 regarding this image of a large shark, supposedly caught off Ucluelet BC on Vancouver Island, recent visitors to the site are trading opinions on whether it’s a great white or a mako. On the one side, the argument that it’s a mako, those distinct teeth and the colouring. On the other, the great white camp, claim that its size and those same teeth thought to belong to a mako are, they claim, all signs that it’s a great white.

The only thing we know for sure is that, contrary to popular belief, this ain’t Ucluelet or Tofino, or anywhere in BC for that matter. It’s Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, as given away by the area code on the boom. And of course, that it’s sad this shark was killed in the first place.

With that all said, I turn the floor over to you, dear reader. Have your say – is this now-famous image of the ‘Vancouver Island great white’ truly a mako? Or is it, as many visitors claim, a bonafide, real, great white? Cast your vote here. I’ll start. My thought? It’s a mako.


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By | 2016-01-24T12:50:59+00:00 August 13th, 2013|Shark Diving|2 Comments

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  1. Cody November 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    That is without a doubt a mako shark. The teeth are long and skinny and the caudal fin closely resembles the tail fin of the tuna. The nose of the shark is far to pointed to be a great white as well. Also, this picture was not taken anywhere near the Canadian west coast. Look at the crane in the second photo. There’s a phone number on it. The only area codes for that exist for British Columbia are 604 and 250. The area code on the crane, “902,” is designated for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island on the east coast of Canada.

    • admin November 24, 2013 at 11:49 am - Reply

      Hi Cody,

      I agree that it’s a (very large) mako shark, and if you read the full post you’ll note I’ve clarified it was caught in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

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