Spy on your favorite Tiger, Hammerhead, and Bull sharks in our custom-designed Google Earth interactive map.

Ray J

Tracking Ray-J

Species: Tiger Shark
Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: March 26, 2010
Location Tagged: Just off the west coast of Florida in Lee County waters
Gender: Male
Total Length (TL): 263cm
Precaudal Length (PCL): 190cm
Fork Length (FL): 210cm

About Ray-J

The Story Behind the Name: We would like to thank our friends up in Ft. Myers for their help and cooperation during our occasional shark trips up that way. Ray-J the shark was named in honor of a generous donor who made it possible for us to purchase enough satellite tags for the extra trips (which turned out to be quite full of beautiful, big tiger sharks). These tags are quite expensive, so every donation is greatly appreciated.

Satellite Tagging: Ray-J 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 Ray-J’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.

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.

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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.