Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: May 13, 2016
Location Tagged: Key Biscayne Reef
Total Length: 282 cm
The Story Behind the Name: I’ve been obsessed with sharks my whole life, so when my wife found the University of Miami’s Shark-tagging program, she knew just what to get me for my birthday. A few months later, my father and I, both avid scuba-divers, came down to Miami to participate in a shark-tagging boat trip. That day, we tagged 8 sharks total, including a hammerhead, a bull shark, a nurse shark, multiple sand sharks, and our very own Tigress the tiger shark. I named her Tigress because I see her as the princess of the ocean. I had my extensive scuba-diving community weigh in on this important of a decision, and they were very helpful in giving me suggestions. While my father and I were in Miami, we also got to go on some scuba dives – no sharks were spotted though! Worst luck! Fortunately, we saw so many on the shark-tagging excursion!
It was a wonderful and rewarding experience to participate in the tagging process, and I’m excited to follow Tigress on Google Earth for the next year.
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