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

Tracking Hurley

Species: Great Hammerhead
Scientific Name: Sphyrna mokarran
Date Tagged: March 12, 2010
Location Tagged: Just off the Atlantic coast of
Islamorada, Florida Keys
Gender: Male
Total Length (TL): 262cm
Precaudal Length (PCL): 198cm
Fork Length (FL): 204cm
Photo

About Hurley

The Story Behind the Name: During a day of large swells
on the high sea, several volunteers from South Broward High
School as well as a few SRC intern veterans spent a
considerable amount of time leaning overboard, sharing their
lunches with the sharks. Perhaps it was the extra
“chum” in the water, but whatever the reason, the
crewmembers pulled aboard the largest Great Hammerhead yet. In
playful memory of a day mostly spent hurling over the side of
the boat, the young student volunteers decided to name this
shark “Hurley.” He entered back into the water in
excellent condition.

**Special Note** As you can see on the map, Hurley
transmitted strong signals nearly every day for three months,
until a few days after the Gulf Oil Spill began. Dr.
Hammerschlag speculates that “the tag could have failed or it
could have headed off somewhere else into deep water and just
not come up in the last few months. But that’s very unlike the
shark’s characteristics.” For more on SRC research on the
Gulf Oil Spill, please check out this article on CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/28/oil.spill.sharks/?hpt=Sbin).

Satellite Tagging: Hurley 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 Hurley’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.