The remnants of a great white shark caught in the Bay of Fundy off the coast of Nova Scotia will soon find a permanent home in the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History.
John Gilhen, the museum's curator emeritus, told the Globe and Mail the museum is working to remove any remaining flesh from the shark's jaws. The museum intends to frame the jaws and place them on public display in mid-September once they've been cleaned.
Gilhen said the shark, which was caught Aug.7, was a three-metre long juvenile female. He added the catch is significant because, aside from the rare sighting, there's little physical evidence that great whites live anywhere near the province, the Globe and Mail reports.
The 272-kilogram shark, which had been caught alive by fisherman Wayne Linkletter, is a rare sight in the region with the last sighting occurring almost six years ago, the Calgary Sun reported.
"It's very rare to find great whites anywhere in Atlantic Canada. This is really exciting," Steve Campana, head of the Canadian Shark Research Laboratory in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, told the Sun.
Campana suspects the shark was hunting for fish or dolphins when it was caught in a fishing net, the Sun reported.
CNews reports that before great white populations declined in recent years, they have infrequently been spotted in the Bay, in eastern Nova Scotia, near southern New Foundland and in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. One such specimen was a five-metre great white caught in 1983 off the coast of Prince Edward Island.
Great white sharks can grow larger than six metres (20ft.) in length and can weigh nearly 2300 kilograms (5,000 pounds).