// This is the name of the shark we wish to display its track
sharkName = ‘bahama-mama’;

Tracking Bahama Mama

Species: Great Hammerhead
Scientific Name: Sphyrna mokarran
Date Tagged: May 23, 2013
Location Tagged: Florida Keys
Gender: Female
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.