Shark spotted in Vancouver water


As I was on one of my early morning seawall runs, I spotted something in Vancouver waters. A shark fin! Could it be that there is a shark loose in Vancouver waters?

Update: After getting to the office, we decided to investigate this further. Was this real or a publicity stunt? Either way it had us at VcB headquarters and thousands of Vancouverites interested. A few phone calls to the Vancouver Aquarium and this is the answer we received:

This is all part of an ad for our new Sharks and Rays exhibit. We’ve attached the press release to provide further information.

Sharks and Rays exhibit at The Vancouver Aquarium.

For a limited time, visitors to the Vancouver Aquarium will get to see and learn about some of the ocean’s most stunning and fascinating animals. Opening February 7, The Secret World of Sharks and Rays dives into the amazing lifestyles of some not-so-famous sharks and their cousins – the skates, rays and ratfishes.

“We are excited to introduce guests to these intriguing and often misunderstood creatures,” says Clint Wright, senior vice-president and general manager of the Vancouver Aquarium. “Whether you’re curious about their hunting strategies or the human activities that put these creatures at peril, or if you’d simply like to be awed by their magnificence, The Secret World of Sharks and Rays has something for everyone.”

Ever wonder what makes a shark a fierce hunter or how they achieve incredible stealth and speed through the water? Did you know that some sharks are capable of virgin births? Have you ever seen a stingray suck up its prey? Uncover these fascinating facts and behaviours as you explore the Aquarium’s newest animals, exhibits and shows for The Secret World of Sharks and Rays.

Watch a diver get up-close-and-personal with the beautiful zebra shark and elegant whiprays during a dive show in the Tropic Zone or press your nose against the glass during a live shark feed. Whatever you do, don’t miss the tasselled wobbegong, an odd-looking shark with a lacy beard and camouflaged skin! Discover the sharks and rays that can be found living in B.C. waters, like the Pacific spiny dogfish and the endangered basking shark, in one of our new interpretive shows. Explore incredible life-sized models of thresher, basking and the bluntnose sixgill sharks in the Pacific Canada Pavilion.

Guests will also have the opportunity to learn about the threats sharks and rays face in the wild. Although sharks are sometimes viewed as a frightening species, many sharks and rays face a scary reality of their own. Overexploitation and pollution pose serious threats to both species. The Secret World of Sharks and Rays provides an inside look into ways that humans can help protect these amazing animals in the wild.

View the daily schedule of The Secret World of Sharks and Rays at

These are the photos they sent us:

shark sign

Sharks and Rays Vancouver Aquarium

So this was all a well orchestrated marketing campaign by the Vancouver Aquarium. Now all of us that spotted it this morning can rest easy.

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  • Ruben

    I saw that too! It was circling the waters, wasn’t sure what it was but it can’t be shark? Maybe a human with one of those fake shark fins?

  • Jordan

    That’s crazy! Can’t wait to hear more!

  • Matthew Paugh

    probably a sunfish

  • Barryostash

    This better not be fake. Sick of people makin shit up for attention.

  • James R.C. Smith


  • David

    Sharks do live in water…ppl on the west coast are so naive and dumb

  • David

    Educate yourself

  • Jenn10


  • kaine

    wow wtf!!!!!!!!!!

  • Abrennansmith

    Agreed. Great White’s in particular have a unique ability to adapt their body temperatures according to the areas they are hunting in. However, human fear and curiosity will ultimately lead to this shark being either killed or driven away from its food. Just let it be and it will leave when it’s ready. We have to remember, we share this planet with other hunters, we have to show respect.

  • Bbeller84

    Not everyone is a shark expert like yourself David

  • Je

    Kill it and sell the fin to some chinese restaurant

  • brenton

    Whoa whoa whoa – sharks live in water? That’s a pretty radical assertion. Are you a shark expert? 

  • Niko

    And maybe after that we can chop you up and sell off your pieces… we’ll have to take a loss on your brain though.

  • Tammy003_west

    Wow that’s crazy!! Would like to keep posted as to what kinda shark/fish this may be and what the they gonna do with it… **yikes

  • Marlo Boux

    wonder if it’s a bull shark. They are quite adaptable too. Well I only swim in pools hahah…that is THEIR habitat, not mine :) 

  • Derek

    I heard an ad agency is behind it as a prank

  • Really?

    Holy christ. Its obviously a fake photo. For one thing the fin isn’t moving at all. Not even a ripple in the water if you do a close up. Sharks don’t sit still. For another thing the fin is a completely different resolution than the rest of the water or photo at all. Lastly, the shadow on the water of the fin was manipulated. If you put the photo into photoshop and deconstruct it you can see it is obviously faked. Also the light source direction is completely faked. Think about it. This photo would have to be taken from Stanley Park. The sun at any time of the day is to the south or on the other side of the fin. There is no way that the fin would be so lit up. It would be darker especially considering where the “shadow” or reflection is. So stupid

  • C-Tone

    As an expert in shark law I shall proceed to inject a filibuster into this meaningless blog post and furthermore have the where-with-all to call malarky on this whole matter. Good day. 

  • Yuri

    Time for a new Jaws movie! There could be a lot of cool scenes with paddle boarders and dragon-boaters 😉

  • Really?

    Just realized this wasn’t taken from Stanley Park. Its still fake

  • Koji

    Hi David.
    You’re a moron.

  • Thisistracysullivan

    okay. I’m going to say it is a promo for The Vancouver Aquarium for their Sharks and Rays feature this month. If so nicely done. But is social media / promos becoming too predictable these days?

  • Shaun

    No you were right the first time. It is from Stanley Park.

  • Dubnorix

    MAYBE it’s a marketing prop for the Vancouver Aquarium’s latest exhibit on sharks?

  • Denise Carefoot

    Educate yourself!

  • Kharding

    Well, there’s always the seawall over by Granville Island, which is where I imagine this was taken.

  • Ben

    Sharks can and have been spotted in and around the Salish Sea. However, When a shark’s dorsal fin breaches the surface as does the tail. The markings and colour aren’t correct either. Can confirm: total bullshit.

  • Ben

     *colour/markings to a Great White as I’m sure that’s the species they’re attempting to mimic.

  • Kk_associates

    it’s probably  a basking shark … friendly and approachable … local to W.coast… once hugely abundant, but slaughtered to hell by the moronic, ignorant Fisheries Dept!!!

  • Spencer Kemp

    This isn’t surprising. Sharks love to gorge on rollerbladers and joggers

  • kk
  • Guest

    i’ve actually seen about 5 different photos posted on facebook from people that were there at the same time, of this now, all in different areas of the water. maybe its true?

  • Chase Armitage

    Well the joke is on you because it wasnt comped into the scene! Its actually there, it just isnt a real shark fin! Just to clarify as you’re apparently a little slow, the tide was up in the original picture which is why you only saw the fin and not the sign beneath it. Nothing like reading the entire article in order to prevent looking like a total idiot.

    Plus, if it was comped in there, the file would have been flattened as no website would ever accept a layered photoshop file which means there is no way to deconstruct anything. As for your super human ability to apparently eyeball photo resolutions, im finding it hard to not piss all over my keyboard with laughter, so maybe you should consider a career in standup. Stop faking your photoshop knowledge, because unless you have forensic image analysis software at your disposal, there’s no way in hell you’d be able to “de-construct” anything… go back to your mum’s basement

  • Dustin

    you must feel like an idiot the fin’s a fake shark but the picture is very much real.

  • Conor Doyle

    hahahaha! I love when someone gets on their high horse only to fall straight off the back.
    On another note that’s a great advertising campaign!

  • Samantha Cayer

    Holy crap you are a moron… Did you even bother to read the article or did you just jump straight down to comment? Perhaps taking a look and the written part that goes along with the photo would help you out in future self embarrassment moments like this… 

  • Conor Doyle

     At time of writing this, 36 comments, 802 fb likes and and 131 tweets. That’s from a blog that just stumbled across the article never mind the countless people that see it every day. I would say it’s actually very creative and the opposite of predictable.

  • Foot in your mouth


    “Obviously faked” x2… “no way”, “manipulated” “different resolution”…

    the only thing you got right was that sharks don’t sit still…

    So stupid indeed

  • AtotheK

     Ouch… easy there Photoshop expert.  While being dubious about the origin of the fin was the correct viewpoint, claiming to understand ambient light properties (on water no less), pixelation, and even “wake” properties on thin objects was a bit hasty.  Photo was real, fin not so much. Well played Vancouver Aquarium, well played.

  • Dummies

    Many levels of stupid in here. Get a clue, people.

  • Agsterino

    The shark was merely Jim Pattison out for a swim


    Seriously people? Why so many dumb assumptions? Fake/real/”sharks can live in water” etc. Read the friggen article first then comment. Everything about this goddamn fin is explained above in a few paragraphs. 

  • myselfrickey

    Very Shivering News. But wish to take at least a single picture of a shark and convert the same to a canvas art prints and then decorate my home. Think how innovative and natural decoration it would be. lol 

  • Conor Doyle

     to be fair to him when he originally posted it the article was just a photo. The explanation was edited in after. I still think his post is hilarious however.

  • Drew

    I’m sorry, I can’t help but laugh at reading all of these comments. I also can’t help but notice that we have a couple of Photoshop experts in here that obviously do manips for a living. Tell us more.