For years, the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) has been cast and portrayed as an object of fear—the classic “predator from beneath” that wreaks terror in countless movies. But look past its fearsome jaw and reputation, and you'll find a fascinating ancient species that is among the oldest life forms on Earth! Famously associated with southerly coastlines, the great white enjoys a far wider range that also stretches north into the waters off Canada's Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Infrequent captures and occasional sightings have earned it the distinction of being the second-largest fish found in Canadian waters; but its behaviour is not always well understood, and its highly mobile ways only add to its elusiveness. Myths and misconceptions surround this solitary predator, whose aggressiveness and size tend to overshadow its role in maintaining a balance within the marine environment.
Composition 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g) 62.69
Diameter (mm) 50
Face value 30 dollars
Artist Emily Damstra (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)