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Tracking Zhendy

Species: Tiger Shark
Scientific Name: Galeocerdo cuvier
Date Tagged: December 16, 2010
Location Tagged: West Bank, Bahamas
Gender: Female
Total Length (TL): 321cm

About Zhendy

The Story Behind the Name:
When your passion in life is sharks, you get people’s
attention. Often quoted and interviewed in the media, Neil
Hammerschlag PhD, Research Assistant Professor at the University
of Miami, spoke on November 18th at the Cultural Center at the
invitation of the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center as
part of its Ocean Life Lecture Series.

Dr. Hammerschlag, who was the second speaker in the Ocean Life
Lecture Series, captures and tags sharks tracking their migratory
habits via satellite, to better understand and preserve their
important predatory link in the sustainability of the world’s
oceans.

The visit was preceded by a middle school Name the Shark contest,
where the professor’s work inspired students. The winning name
will be used to identify a shark tagged in Dr. Hammerschlag’s
South Florida and Caribbean shark survey. Students can follow
the migration of the shark on their computers, making this a
project that will last through the school year.

The winning name in the Name the Shark Contest, “Zhendy,”
was submitted by Keeley Catarineau, age 12, a student of Mr.
Enright’s class at PKS. In addition to being able to name
the shark, the winner was also awarded savings bonds by Capital
Bank and First State Bank. Keeley’s entry said “I chose this
name because Zen means like calm and peaceful, which sharks are
unless they are disturbed. This name was also chosen because
it is very created and cute! Then name also could be a boy or
girl name because it is made up. I mean, I made it up but it
sounds very real.” Thanks to Keeley for her creativity and her
message.

In keeping with Dr. Hammerschlag’s interest in speaking
to students about preserving and studying sharks, he arranged
his schedule to include a stop at Key Largo School before he
spoke at the Cultural Center. He was met with enthusiasm by
young students in the after school program at KLS where his
photos of sharks had hands flying into the air with questions.

Later that evening, the lecture at the Murray Nelson Government
and Cultural Center included the opportunity to meet one on one
with the scientist. An entire day of excitement aboard a shark
tagging excursion is still in the offering by the Friends of
the Key Largo Cultural Center on their website. The slate of
speakers and topics for the first three months of the 2012 Ocean
Life Lecture schedule will include Friday, Jan. 6th,
Ken Nedimyer speaking about Coral Restoration projects of the
Coral Restoration Foundation. Friday, February 17th,
Dr. Jim Fourquen from Florida International University speaking
on the threats to and the importance of Sea grasses to our
local ecosystem. Friday, March 16th, Lauri
MacLaughlin Resource Manager for the Florida Keys National
Marine Sanctuary speaking on Coral Spawning in the Florida Keys
— Spawn-tastic !!

The Ocean Life Lecture Series is an Upper
Keys event sponsored by the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural
Center at the Murray Nelson Government and Cultural Center, MM
102. For each event, there will be a meet and greet reception
with the speaker starting at 6:00 PM followed by the presentation
at 7:00 PM. For further information please see
www.fklcc.org,
email linda@fklcc.org or
call 305-396-7000.

Satellite Tagging: Zhendy 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 Zhendy’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.