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TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking

A project of TAMUG Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Astro (UUS525) Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2015-08-052015-10-0965
Bob (UUS501) Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2015-08-062015-11-28114
Breesy (BBQ403) NRDAKemp's RidleyJuvenile2011-08-132011-09-0826
Isla Gaia (YYA778) - Sea Grant Kemp's RidleyAdult2010-05-012010-06-0333
Karen (XXC148) - Sea Grant NRDAKemp's RidleyAdult2010-05-202012-02-07628
Kathy (XXC152) - Sea Grant NRDAKemp's RidleyAdult2010-05-202011-07-15421
Lafitte (XXC183) - Sea Grant NRDAKemp's RidleyAdult2010-06-262011-03-06253
Oppe (BBQ490) Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2013-06-252013-08-1652
Pork Chop (BBQ401) NRDAKemp's RidleyJuvenile2011-08-112011-10-1767
Smarttie (RRV258) Kemp's RidleyAdult2009-05-022010-06-25419
Will (YYN955) Kemp's RidleyAdult2009-07-232013-07-291467

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The Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) began satellite tagging females nesting on the upper Texas coast in 2005 to identify post-nesting movement, internesting interval, and nester habitat fidelity to this area. The ongoing tracking program also includes satellite telemetry of juvenile ridleys in developmental foraging habitats along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. This information should fill voids in our knowledge of the in-water and nesting dynamics of Kemp's ridleys and generate data essential to revising the Kemp's Ridley Recovery Plan.

Other TAMUG STFERL tracks are available on the "TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Nesters 2007-2008", "TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking 2007", "TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking 2004-2006", "TAMUG Green Turtle Tracking", and "TAMUG Loggerhead Tracking" pages.

Project Partners

The TAMUG STFERL is working in cooperation with the NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Facility in Galveston, Texas, to respond to nesting Kemp's ridleys on the upper Texas coast. Assistance with ultrasound imaging is provided by Houston Zoo veterinary staff.

Project Sponsors

Funding for nesting ridleys tracked by the STFERL in 2009-2010 was provided by the Texas General Land Office Coastal Management Program, a generous donation by Houston lawyer Joe Jamail, charitable private donations, as well as donations made through and Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles (HEART).

Funding for juveniles tracked in 2013 and 2015 was provided by Moody Gardens, Inc.

Funding for juveniles tracked in 2011 was provided by the Natural Resources Damage Assesment of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Posters, bookmarks, and stickers informing the public to report sea turtle sightings in Texas were printed by HEART/Sea Turtle Restoration Project (Gulf Office).


  • The presentation of data here does not constitute publication. All data remain copyright of the project partners. Maps or data on this website may not be used or referenced without explicit written consent.
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