Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: May 13, 2014
Location Tagged: Tiger Beach, Bahamas
Total Length: 383 cm
The Story Behind the Name: Speziale is named after our principal of Ponte Vedra High School, Craig Speziale, home of the sharks! Our students would called him ‘Spez’ from time to time. Craig helped open PVHS in 2007 and was the principal until April 2014 when he lost his battle to cancer. When the marine club first started to fund raise for this project, Craig would say how fascinated he was by the idea that you can tag a shark and follow it around in the ocean. He would also be the biggest supporter for this fund raiser. Craig was a principal who valued education and made sure to instill the importance of it in our student body. By naming this shark Speziale, it shows that research and education are the most important when it comes to marine conservation. There was never a doubt about who the shark would be named for, the man who instilled passion for education at Ponte Vedra High School. Go Sharks!
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