Spy on your favorite Tiger, Hammerhead, and Bull sharks in our custom-designed Google Earth interactive map.


Tracking Virginia

Species: Tiger Shark
Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: June 9, 2010
Location Tagged: Off the west coast of Florida in Lee County waters
Gender: Female
Total Length (TL): 295cm
Precaudal Length (PCL): 215cm
Fork Length (FL): 235cm

About Virginia

The Story Behind the Name: Our largest female tiger shark yet, Virginia caused quite a stir on board the boat. Rightly she was named after one of the most noticeable characters on board most of our shark trips. Virginia has helped out for a few year now, quickly learning the in’s and out’s of our shark research. Tenacious with her work yet zen at heart, she fills an invaluable role on deck.

Satellite Tagging: Virginia 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 Virginia’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.

System Requirements

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To animate our interactive shark tracking, play with the time slider tool in the map upper-left. Simply, go to the slider & separate the bottom left & right tabs by ~1/4”. Then click on the leading tab & drag it across the slider; or click play to automatically view tracks.