Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: December 15, 2010
Location Tagged: West Bank, Bahamas
Total Length (TL): 305cm
The Story Behind the Name: Shark-Key was adopted by a group of 20 individuals in the Key Biscayne community. The group came together after Teri did an interview with Dr. Hammerschlag on the Dunlap research program for Channel 77 on Key Biscayne. The plight of the sharks, and in turn the oceans, was so disturbing it motivated the Key Biscayne residents and friends of residents to be a part of this worthy project.
A group of 20 donors was formed to purchase a satellite tag and share the news with their friends and community how they are personally making a difference this Holiday Season.
The group was asked to submit suggestions for a name and the winning entry was chosen for its originality and connection to Key Biscayne.
The group is extremely proud to be helping Dr. Hammerschlag, the SRC Program and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
The original aim in forming this group was to motivate many more groups of 20 and make cultural changes throughout the world to truly protect these apex predators, and in turn our oceans. One person can make a difference.
Satellite Tagging: Shark-Key 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 Shark-Key’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.
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.