Tracking Sharks

Spy on your favorite Tiger, Hammerhead, and Bull sharks in our custom-designed Google Earth interactive map.

INSTRUCTIONS

Explore dozens of satellite tracks by selecting a species and individual shark in the navigation bar to the right.

RESEARCH

These shark satellite tracks are part of an ongoing research project by RJD scientists to better understand the migratory routes and residency patterns of Tiger, Hammerhead, and Bull sharks in the subtropical Atlantic. To learn more, explore the detailed research page: GPS for Sharks.

ADOPT A SHARK

They may not be cute and cuddly, but sharks add beauty and diversity to our planet’s oceans. Their populations are in great decline, and researching these apex predators is neither easy nor cheap. To ensure RJD’s satellite tracking study of sharks continues, adopt a shark!

A tax-deductible $2,500 donation will cover the cost of one new SPOT tag. In return, you will be given the opportunity to name your shark and follow his/her movements on our website using Google Earth.

Classes and entire schools are also welcome to collectively adopt sharks. What a way to enrich your educational experience!

Learn more on the Adopt A Shark page.

F.A.Q.

Why does a shark transmission stop?

Satellite tags are essentially fancy computers attached to live sharks. There are a number of things that can happen to a tag once it is released.

  • In order for a tag to transmit the shark must break the surface of the water. This can sometimes be infrequent and sporadic.
  • Our tags are equipped with enough battery life to sustain up to a year of transmissions. However, this number is variable depending on the frequency a shark transmits. More transmissions will cause a tag to lose battery quicker.
  • Satellite tags are designed to eventually pop of a shark so the animal is not swimming with it indefinitely. The tags are attached using titanium that will corrode in saltwater; the length of the corrosion process varies with conditions in the water such as salinity and temperature.
  • As a shark heals the tag can actually get pushed right out of the fin.
  • As the tag travels with a shark it can accumulate algae and other organisms. This can block the tag and prevent it from successfully transmitting.
  • As sharks go through life there is potential for collision. For example, run-ins with other sharks or getting caught in a coral reef can break the tag and prevent transmission.

SHARK TRACKS

Great Hammerhead

hammerhead AJ Last updated: 9 May 2011
hammerhead Arianna Last updated: 27 November 2011
hammerhead Angel Last updated: 9 May 2011
hammerhead Bahama Mama Last updated: 13 June 2013
hammerhead Batchelor Last updated: 24 May 2011
hammerhead Chad Last updated: 22 June 2010
hammerhead Charity Last updated: 21 May 2014
hammerhead Hurley Last updated: 22 April 2010
hammerhead Laura Last updated: 12 December 2011
hammerhead Marian Last updated: 25 April 2011
hammerhead Prahyad Last updated: 30 April 2013
hammerhead Quint Last updated: 30 April 2013
hammerhead Ron Jaworski Last updated: 1 July 2013
hammerhead Sawyer Last updated: 22 April 2010
hammerhead Siorcan Last updated: 11 September 2011
hammerhead Shark Heff Last updated: 2 April 2014

Scalloped Hammerhead

hammerhead GM Last updated: 4 May 2010
hammerhead Jen Lewis Last updated: 23 May 2013
hammerhead Siren Last updated: 19 April 2013
hammerhead Ted Last updated: 15 September 2011

Bull Sharks

bull shark Amphitrite Last updated: 17 April 2013
bull shark Bahama Rain Last updated: 9 May 2013
bull shark BD Bull Last updated: 2 May 2010
bull shark Ben Last updated: 2 July 2012
bull shark Boulos Last updated: 18 January 2012
bull shark Bubbles Last updated: 20 August 2010
bull shark Captain Curt Last updated: 13 August 2011
bull shark Cash Last updated: 17 March 2011
bull shark Chloe Last updated: 21 August 2010
bull shark Darren Last updated: 20 January 2014
bull shark David Last updated: 15 December 2012
bull shark Divewise Last updated: 3 May 2013
bull shark Dr. V Last updated: 19 February 2011
bull shark Falco Last updated: 25 January 2011
bull shark Fi Last updated: 2 January 2011
bull shark Hoover Last updated: 25 February 2011
bull shark Jon Last updated: 13 September 2010
bull shark Leigh Melton Last updated: 17 March 2014
bull shark Lia Last updated: 12 May 2011
bull shark LJ Last updated: 13 January 2011
bull shark Lolo Last updated: 19 February 2013
bull shark Lone Shark Last updated: 12 May 2012
bull shark Mason Paul Williams Last updated: 30 April 2013
bull shark Mazda Last updated: 13 December 2012
bull shark Park Last updated: 16 July 2012
bull shark Roni Last updated: 30 July 2011
bull shark Rose Last updated: 2 May 2010
bull shark Springer II Last updated: 17 March 2011

Tiger Sharks

tiger shark Aces Last updated: 9 May 2012
tiger shark Adeline Last updated: 18 December 2013
tiger shark Allofus Last updated: 12 August 2013
tiger shark Ariel Last updated: 17 August 2012
tiger shark Ash Last updated: 20 June 2010
tiger shark Berry Last updated: 5 March 2012
tiger shark Bougy Last updated: 27 May 2013
tiger shark Bruce Last updated: 17 April 2014
tiger shark Bucky Last updated: 11 June 2013
tiger shark Catherine Last updated: 7 November 2013
tiger shark Chuck Last updated: 5 March 2011
tiger shark Coconut Jack’s Last updated: 2 December 2013
tiger shark Dolan Last updated: 18 December 2013
tiger shark Dominic Last updated: 27 August 2011
tiger shark Domski Last updated: 13 September 2010
tiger shark Grandmaman Last updated: 17 April 2013
tiger shark Grandmaman 2 Last updated: 28 October 2013
tiger shark Hanna Last updated: 12 May 2011
tiger sharkJoseph Last updated: 12 May 2011
tiger shark Kevin Last updated: 24 May 2011
tiger shark Kelli Last updated: 3 December 2010
tiger shark Kori Last updated: 22 August 2011
tiger shark Lester Last updated: 29 May 2011
tiger shark Leigh Melton 2 Last updated: 2 April 2014
tiger shark Lightning Bolt Last updated: 28 October 2013
tiger shark Linda Last updated: 26 November 2011
tiger shark Mary Kent Last updated: 28 August 2011
tiger shark Miko Last updated: 9 October 2011
tiger shark Morgan Last updated: 18 December 2013
tiger shark Noah Mako Last updated: 28 October 2013
tiger shark Pancake Last updated: 17 August 2012
tiger shark Prahyad 2 Last updated: 28 October 2013
tiger shark Prana Last updated: 6 July 2012
tiger shark Ray J Last updated: 6 July 2010
tiger shark REM Last updated: 29 December 2010
tiger shark Rho Last updated: 2 December 2013
tiger shark Rosemarie Last updated: 22 August 2012
tiger shark Sam Last updated: 13 April 2012
tiger shark Shark-Key Last updated: 8 May 2012
tiger shark SharkTender Last updated: 8 May 2012
tiger shark Sebastian Abess Last updated: 21 May 2014
tiger shark Sophi Last updated: 17 December 2010
tiger shark Stanley Last updated: 18 December 2013
tiger shark Spez Last updated: 28 May 2011
tiger shark Summit Last updated: 28 May 2011
tiger shark Sweet Caroline Last updated: 1 August 2010
tiger shark TC Fromme Last updated: 30 October 2011
tiger shark Tennessee Last updated: 4 February 2011
tiger shark Virginia Last updated: 15 October 2010
tiger shark Wells Fargo Last updated: 20 June 2010
tiger shark Wells Fargo II Last updated: 24 September 2011
tiger shark Yuti Last updated: 17 June 2012
tiger shark Zhendy Last updated: 16 January 2012

Mako Sharks

mako Mako Mark Last updated: 11 April 2011

Blacktip

tiger shark Vester 2 Last updated: 2 December 2013

Oracle® Sharks

MAZ
Yuti Last updated: 11 April 2011

Aimia Sharks

mako Aimee Last updated: 11 April 2011