// This is the name of the shark we wish to display its track
sharkName = ‘sophi’;

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.