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Tracking David

Species: Bull Shark
Scientific Name: Carcharhinus leucas
Gender: Female

About David

The Story Behind the Name: David’s tag was generously donated by Derrick Whitcomb. He named the shark David, after his Hebrew name. Derrick is the youngest of 5 (the only boy) and is in going into the 8th grade at Kenwood K-8 Center. He plays Alto Saxophone in the band and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. His favorite subjects are Math and Science. His goal is to become an ichthyologist.

Derrick enjoys all forms of athletics and has played on a number of teams: soccer, baseball, basketball, flag football. For more than 7 years, he has been a member of a competitive jump rope team and competed in the Junior Olympics each year for speed, power and freestyle.

Another aspect of Derrick’s life is his love of animals and nature. Since he was young, caring for animals has been a big part of his life. He currently has 2 dogs, a rabbit and a fish tank.

At 13 a Jewish boy becomes a Bar Mitzvah, taking his place as a man in the Jewish Community. An important part is doing mitzvot (good deeds) and to do one’s part to “repair the world” (Tikkun Olam). Derrick’s mitzvah project (service project) revolved around helping to save the ocean and the sea life in it.

He did this by raising awareness of the ways we can help marine conservation, by organizing a coastal cleanup (help in April) and by raising money to adopt a shark through the Shark Research & Conservation Program.

For more information on Derrick’s fundraising efforts, and to support, please visit: http://www.derrickwhitcomb.com.

Satellite Tagging: David 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 David’s movements, which will be updated every few days as his 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.

This work is part of a collaboration among the Shark Research & Conservation Program at the University of Miami, Florida Gulf Coast University and West Coast Inland Navigational District, supported by Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah.

System Requirements

Google Maps renders in all modern browsers and mobile operating systems. For more details visit Google’s map support page to view detailed system requirements.


To animate our interactive shark tracking, play with the time slider tool in the map upper-left. Simply, go to the slider & separate the bottom left & right tabs by ~1/4”. Then click on the leading tab & drag it across the slider; or click play to automatically view tracks.