// This is the name of the shark we wish to display its track
sharkName = ‘virginia’;
Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: June 9, 2010
Location Tagged: Off the west coast of Florida in Lee
Total Length (TL): 295cm
Precaudal Length (PCL): 215cm
Fork Length (FL): 235cm
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
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.