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


Tracking Sam

Species: Tiger Shark
Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: February 20, 2011
Location Tagged: Western Bahamas
Gender: Female
Total Length (TL): 322cm<

About Sam

The Story Behind the Name: SRC’s Multi-Media Specialist Christine Shepard wanted to recognize all the love and support her fiancé provides by naming one of the gorgeous Bahamian Tiger Sharks after her. Sam Franklin is a charismatic Australian that shares a love for our planet’s oceans, no matter the hemisphere. She has dedicated much of her young adult life to education, whether it be as a teacher, special needs support worker, or Gender and Orientation speaker at the YES Institute. Her compassion and eternal optimism is contagious, making this world a better place one day at a time.

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.

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.