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


Tracking Sophi

Species: Tiger Shark
Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: May 25, 2010
Location Tagged: Off the west coast of Florida in Lee County waters
Gender: Female
Total Length (TL): 255cm
Precaudal Length (PCL): 185cm
Fork Length (FL): 210cm

About Sophi

The Story Behind the Name: After a day of discouraging empty drumlines, the final line had hooked an 8.3 ft female tiger shark. She was the first tiger shark ever to be SPOT tagged in the Gulf of Mexico. She rightly earned the name Sophie, after our youngest shark team member. First grader (now almost second grader) Sophie is a budding shark conservationist, who has started her own funding campaign to save sharks. She is eager to learn more about our oceans and their creatures, making a positive impact for the future generations. Even though Sophi lives in Minnesota with her family, in a community far from the ocean and sharks, she is proving that age and hometown do not have to be insurmountable obstacles in making a difference.

Satellite Tagging: Sophie 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 Sophie’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.

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.