Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: June 10, 2010
Location Tagged: Off the west coast of Florida in Lee County waters
Total Length (TL): 250cm
Precaudal Length (PCL): 180cm
Fork Length (FL): 198cm
The Story Behind the Name: When we reeled in this beautiful giant, we received quite a bit of resistance. Being a strong-willed and physically strong tiger shark, we saw it only fit to name her after our lab manager and backbone of the program, Dominique Lazarre. She has dedicated her life to researching and protecting the awe-inspiring creatures of the deep blue for the past two years with Dr. Neil Hammerschlag. Dom is a focused and efficient worker, with a bit of a sting to her tongue if you don’t watch out. But then again, we have found humor is nothing but the norm when amongst a group of shark-loving scientists.
Satellite Tagging: Domski is among the first tiger sharks tagged with SPOT satellite tags in the Gulf of Mexico, providing us with the first opportunity to follow the long term movements of these threatened species in near real-time. She is a very active shark with transmitting, so please keep checking back frequently to follow Domski’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.
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.