Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: September 8, 2011
Location Tagged: Hawaii
Total Length (TL): 380cm
The Story Behind the Name: Rory Miller is the adoptive parent of this beautiful shark. He is from Philadelphia, PA, and is an avid sports fan. He also loves sharks. When Rory was young, one of his first two stuffed animals was actually a shark. His father would always call him a predator of sorts, as he loved playing, roughhousing and being outside. As Rory grew older, he became increasingly intrigued by the apex status of sharks in marine ecosystems. Any chance he gets, Rory is glued to nature programs on television highlighting the magnificence of this species. Like with this shark adoption, he is determined to help out as much as he can to protect sharks.
The name Victorino originated from the Phillies baseball player Shane Victorino. This player is capable in many aspects of the game: running, hitting, and defense. Similarly, Rory believes that sharks are highly capable and adept at many marine behaviors. Also, Shane Victorino is from Hawaii, and that is the location where this shark was tagged.
Like the Philadelphia Phillies, Victorino the shark is wild, strong, and powerful. This shark was a handful to work-up on the water during the tagging process, utilizing its brute strength to put up a good fight. Rory describes Victorino the shark as a ‘fighting spirit’ with a ‘never going to get me’ attitude.
Satellite Tagging: Victorino 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 Victorino’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.