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Tracking Sweet Caroline

Species: Tiger Shark
Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: March 26, 2010
Location Tagged: Just off the west coast of Florida in
Lee County waters
Gender: Female
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.