Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: May 26, 2010
Location Tagged: Off the west coast of Florida in Lee County waters
Total Length (TL): 255cm
Precaudal Length (PCL): 183cm
Fork Length (FL): 205cm
The Story Behind the Name: This large female tiger is something of an anomaly with the Dunlap Program. She was originally caught May 26, 2010 and then recaptured by chance on June 10, 2010. Recapturing any tagged shark is rare, but recapturing one of our own satellite-tagged tiger sharks is close to a miracle. She swam right up to the boat, with a large cobia trailing behind her. After a second inspection, she was given a clean bill of health and great condition of her tag. Nothing like a reunion.
The original trip where we met this beautiful shark, we named her Kelli, for Captain Curt’s wife. She is responsible for much of the behind-the-“seas” work for our program, and for Curt-a-Sea Fishing. Kelli is not only a mother of a little boy, she is a “den mother” of sorts for our entire team. Not too many people willingly open their homes to a group of college students for the weekend. We thank her a million for all of her hospitality and help on board.
Satellite Tagging: Kelli 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 Kelli’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.