Name a Tagged Shark

Dear Shark Research Community,

We ask that you please have patience, as COVID-19 has greatly impacted our program. We are trying to work on sending you your named shark as quickly and easily as possible. Please understand that we will not be mailing physical letters at the moment, as our offices are closed. We are diligently working on transitioning to an online system. Thank you for understanding during this difficult time, and we hope to have everything resolved as soon as possible.


Shark Research and Conservation

For a minimum donation of $50 you can name your own shark and receive the scientific data we collect in the field that is unique to that shark.

You can support our shark research by naming a shark we tag.

When you donate to name a shark, we will tag a shark on your behalf with an identification tag. You will then receive a certificate with the following information:

  • The name that you choose!
  • Species of shark
  • Size
  • Gender
  • The unique tag number for that shark

Please follow the instructions below to ensure you receive the information of your named shark! Note: at this time, we can only accept donations from the U.S. and Canada.

How to donate:

Step 1

Click the ‘Donate Now’ Button here.

Step 2

Under the Shark Card Recipient, enter the information of the recipient. If that is someone other than yourself, enter their information.

Step 3

Press continue, end enter the email address for the recipient and the name of the shark that you choose.

Step 4

Press continue, and enter your personal information for billing.

Step 5

If you have any questions, please call 305-421-4061.

Some important things to know:

  • Allow us at least 2 weeks to process and email your certificate
  • Due to nature of working with wild sharks, we cannot take species or gender requests for your named shark. We can assure your that your shark will be unique and special.
  • We are unable to communicate with others if you are giving this as a gift. Please directly provide us with the name and email address of the recipient.
  • Your donation to the Name a Shark Program allows us to place an identification tag on the shark you named. This donation does not permit tracking the shark online since that requires a satellite tag. To enable tracking a shark via satellite – please see our Adopt A Shark Program.
  • To receive your certificate, you must follow the instructions on the giving page found here

Tax Deductible — The University of Miami is a Florida not-for-profit corporation and all donations are tax deductible as appropriate by law.