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sharkName = ‘david’;

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.