Scientific Name: Sphyrna mokarran
Date Tagged: January 29, 2011
Location Tagged: Outer Reef, Florida Keys
Total Length (TL): 295cm
The Story Behind the Name: One of the large Great Hammerheads tagged on January 29th was named in honor of SRC’s newest scientist, Austin Gallagher. Austin is a Ph.D. student in the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami, currently focusing on stress physiology in sharks. He hopes to assess the risk of Great Hammerhead Sharks, as well as other endangered shark species in the subtropical Atlantic.
In addition to his strong scientific background, Austin is also an up and coming underwater filmmaker. In fact, he founded the annual ‘Beneath the Waves’ Film Festival, which will take place on March 16-20 in Mobile, AL. This unique event brings both the scientific and filmmaking communities together to further messages of marine conservation. Austin also has his own documentary production company called Triakis Films. He brings an invaluable combination of passionate intensity and light-hearted joviality to every SRC expedition. Here’s to many more productive years of research and conservation!
To learn more about Austin and his endeavors, feel free to check out his personal website: http://www.AustinGallagher.com
Satellite Tagging: AJ was carefully tagged with the latest in satellite tag technology providing us with the first opportunity to follow the long term movements of these threatened species. Please keep checking back frequently to follow AJ’s movements, which will be updated every few days as her satellite tag continues to send us real-time tracking data.
Adopt-a-Shark: For information on how you can contribute to our shark conservation research by adopting and tracking your own shark, please visit our Adopt a Shark page/.