// This is the name of the shark we wish to display its track
sharkName = ‘aj’;
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:
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/.