// This is the name of the shark we wish to display its track
sharkName = ‘sebastian-abess’;
Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: May 12, 2014
Location Tagged: Tiger Beach, Bahamas
Total Length: 352 cm
About Sebastian Abess
About Sebastian Abess: Sebastian Abess is the newest addition to the U family and represents a multi-generational and, now, an interspecies relationship between the University of Miami and the Abess family. Starting with Leonard Abess’s maternal grandfather, Arthur A. Ungar, a member of the UM Board of Trustees from 1937 to 1965, to his father, Leonard L. Abess, Sr. who served as a trustee from 1964 to 1976, and now with Leonard himself, a trustee since 1997, the U has counted on the strong support and leadership of this remarkable and pioneering Miami family. Leonard and his wife Jayne are also proud Hurricane parents, and their generous legacy extends to the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami as they continue to support the center’s mission of finding innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to the world’s most complex environmental problems.
In recognition of Leonard’s three-year tenure from 2011 to 2014 as chair of the University of Miami Board of Trustees, the University’s Shark Research & Conservation Program has tagged “Sebastian Abess” the tiger shark as a tribute to Leonard’s exemplary service to the University and his personal dedication to championing the incredible research and teaching taking place at UM-especially experiential learning opportunities like shark-tagging.
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