Tracking Bahama Mama
Scientific Name: Sphyrna mokarran
Date Tagged: May 23, 2013
Location Tagged: Florida Keys
Total Length: est. 250cm
About Bahama Mama
The Story Behind the Name: Last year, Immaculata LaSalle High School participated in a yearlong project that focused on Environmental Issues. The entire student body was divided in 86 groups. Each group consisted of at least 2 freshman, 2 sophomores, 2 juniors, and 2 seniors and the goal was to research a particular environmental issue from one of the six following categories: Cleaning/Preventing Pollution, Recycling, Improving Energy Efficiency, Habitat Restoration/Preservation, Conservation of Resources. Each group was required to create and carry out an action plan which included creating a 30 second Public Service Announcement. During the week of January 18th 2011, the school invited various members of the Miami community to share information about their causes/research and Dr. Hammerschlag joined them to do a presentation. There were a few groups that focused on marine conservation and one group in particular actually designed a middle school curriculum based on shark education/conservation and implemented it into a local middle school.
Satellite Tagging: Bahama Mama 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 Bahama Mama’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.