Tracking Ron Jaworski
Scientific Name: Sphyrna mokarran
Date Tagged: June 20, 2013
Location Tagged: Outer Reef, Florida Keys
Total Length (TL): 240cm
About Ron Jaworski
The Story Behind the Name: The Underwater Bar Association (“DiveBar”) partnered with University of Miami and adopted a shark. Jonathan Cohen, Vice President of Membership and Marketing, was lucky enough to win the raffle at DiveBar’s annual holiday party and voyage out with the Shark Research Team to catch, tag, and name a shark. Jonathan grew up in the Philadelphia area in the 1970s and 1980s, was and still is, a rabid Eagles fan. Any fan of the team during this time knows of Ron Jaworski, the Eagles quarterback from 1977 to 1986. Jaworski guided the Eagles to its first Super Bowl appearance on January 25, 1981, Super Bowl XV, against the Cinderella Oakland Raiders led by quarterback Jim Plunkett, who by the way, does not have a shark named after him. It was in the months preceding the Eagles magical journey to the New Orleans Superdome, when Jaworski received his vaunted nickname – JAWS. While Jaws is long retired from playing football, nowadays, he can be seen on ESPN as an NFL analyst. Although it has been many years since Jaws patrolled the gridiron for open receivers, his marine namesake, a 7.5-foot long great hammerhead shark, can be seen on this website patrolling the ocean blue. Via his satellite tag, Jaws will be transmitting important information to Dr. Neil Hammerschlag and his team of researchers at the University of Miami, who are leading the effort to save this great shark and other shark species, from extinction. Just like football, saving the sharks is a team effort, and the Underwater Bar Association is honored to have the opportunity to do its part by teaming with University of Miami to save sharks.
Satellite Tagging: Ron 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 Ron’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.