On Friday, March 21, 2014, the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program conducted a shark research trip off of Miami, Florida. The team was fortunate enough to catch three male great hammerhead sharks. The first shark appeared to be in strong enough condition to attach a temporary satellite tag. This custom designed satellite tag will allow our scientists to record position, depth and acceleration of the animal for up to two years. By better understanding where and how this endangered species moves, managers can make more efficient and effective conservation decisions.

To learn more about this research, please visit: rjd.miami.edu/research/projects/gps-for-sharks

To support this research by adopting a shark, visit: rjd.miami.edu/donate/adopt-a-shark.

Video and Photo: Christine Shepard

Music: Jubel - Klingande


The RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program (RJD) is a joint initiative of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. The mission of RJD is to advance ocean conservation and scientific literacy by conducting cutting edge scientific research and providing innovative and meaningful outreach opportunities for students through exhilarating hands-on research and virtual learning experiences in marine biology. Opportunities are especially made available for students from land-locked communities and under-served populations in the sciences. Focusing primarily on the study and conservation of sharks, the Program’s full-immersion approach allows students to actively grow as future scientists.

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