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Tracking Kelli

Species: Tiger Shark
Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: May 26, 2010
Location Tagged: Off the west coast of Florida in Lee
County waters
Gender: Female
Total Length (TL): 255cm
Precaudal Length (PCL): 183cm
Fork Length (FL): 205cm
Photo

About Kelli

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.