Tracking Sweet Caroline
Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: March 26, 2010
Location Tagged: Just off the west coast of Florida in Lee County waters
Total Length (TL): 203cm
Precaudal Length (PCL):140cm
Fork Length (FL): 161cm
About Sweet Caroline
The Story Behind the Name: What Caroline lacked in size (compared to the other tiger sharks), she certainly made up for in feisty vigor. She was one of the toughest sharks to reel in onto the boat. After a quick tagging and measurements, Sweet Caroline swam away a healthy, happy shark. The inspiration behind her name sources from Dr. Neil Hammerschlag’s wife, Caroline. She has also dedicated much of her early career to shark conservation, and will soon be running her own research project after completing her PhD. Not only is she a valuable member of the team, but also is one of the sweetest people we have the pleasure of working alongside. Her vibrant personality most certainly lightens the mood during the long, hot hours on the water.
Satellite Tagging: Caroline 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. She has recently made quite the swim south toward Central America, checking out the warm Caribbean waters. Please keep checking back frequently to follow Caroline’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.