Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: September 8, 2011
Location Tagged: Hawaii
Total Length (TL): 405cm
The Story Behind the Name: Priya Bharath is originally from India, but currently resides in Dubai, UAE. Though a marketer by profession, she has been fascinated by nature and wildlife since childhood. One of her first memories is spotting a Bengal Tiger in Jim Corbett National Park. An awesome experience for Priya!
Sharks have always intrigued Priya, even if tempered with a hint of fear. The shark tagging experience in Hawaii with Oracle was both fascinating and enlightening. She wishes to see shark populations thrive, and has adopted this shark to help make this happen.
The name Yuti is a Sanskrit name, one of the oldest languages of India, and perhaps the world, dating back to 8–2 millennium BCE. Yuti means ‘unity,’ or ‘continuity.’ This is representative of the continuity in shark populations over the past 440 million years. Yuti is a salute to all sharks.
During the tagging expedition, this individual shark was surprisingly cooperative. As Priya describes, she had an attitude of ‘get along with it; get what information you need and let me be.’ Many sharks fight, but Yuti seemed to have an understanding that the quicker the scientists finished, the sooner she’d be back swimming in the deep blue.
Satellite Tagging: Yuti 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 Yuti’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.