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Tracking Laura

Species: Great Hammerhead
Scientific Name: Sphyrna mokarran
Date Tagged: July 13, 2011
Location Tagged: Just off the Atlantic coast of Islamorada, Florida Keys
Gender: Female
Pre-caudal Length (PCL): 190cm
Fork Length (FL): 215cm
Total Length (FL): 270cm

About Laura

The Story Behind the Name: This Great Hammerhead is named in honor of not one, but two wonderful ladies named Laura. Double the passion, double the impact.

Laura Bracken wears many hats at RSMAS, the Marine school of UMiami, but always with the ultimate goal of furthering marine conservation efforts. From coordinating Alumni Relations to Outreach efforts for the whole School, to being the Science and Education Specialist for the SRC Program, she is a busy lady! When you want to make something happen, Laura is your ‘go-to’ person. She finds, invites and coordinates all the schools and youth groups that come aboard SRC expeditions for a field experience. Laura also arranges the specialty shark trips for those individuals who join the SRC Family through donations and shark adoptions. And from the beginning of SRC, she has always been a visionary for expanding our educational outreach initiatives. She not only dreams up innovative programs, but also brings them to life with a vigor that is unstoppable. Bridging the gap between science and outreach is no easy feat, but Laura does so seamlessly.

Laura Rock has been a shark intern for Dr. Hammerschlag for over four years. Beginning when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Miami, she has dedicated much of her free time to being in the field with sharks to ultimately give them a chance at a healthy future. Now, she is a graduate student at UM, formulating her own research hypotheses and traveling the world to do so. An adventurous spirit at heart, Laura has spent significant time abroad (mostly below the surface) where her interest in underwater photography has budded into a fruitful passion. In fact, she swept the 2011 student category for the RSMAS Underwater Photography Competition. It is truly a gift to have such a dedicated and bright individual aboard the Shark Research team.

Satellite Tagging: Laura 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 Laura’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.

System Requirements

Google Maps renders in all modern browsers and mobile operating systems. For more details visit Google’s map support page to view detailed system requirements.


To animate our interactive shark tracking, play with the time slider tool in the map upper-left. Simply, go to the slider & separate the bottom left & right tabs by ~1/4”. Then click on the leading tab & drag it across the slider; or click play to automatically view tracks.