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TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking 2004-2006

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
Bebas/TTN799 Kemp's RidleyAdult2006-08-172007-05-19275
Benjamina/SSD127 Kemp's RidleyAdult2005-05-172005-06-2943
Captain Wick/TTC857 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2005-09-062005-10-1640
Cleo/RRV270 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2005-07-252005-08-0511
Gisp/RRV251 Kemp's RidleyAdult2005-05-292005-06-1719
Grumpy/RRV285 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2006-04-252006-06-2056
Hildy/RRA997 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2006-08-122006-09-0423
Magnolia/RRC643 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2006-06-262006-07-2630
Missy/RRV315 Kemp's RidleyAdult2006-05-072006-08-0186
Mulok/RRV297 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2006-07-312006-09-1041
Pauline/RRV253 Kemp's RidleyAdult2005-05-312005-07-1949
RRV216 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2004-09-212004-11-1858
RRV268 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2005-08-022005-09-0231
Sara/RRV233 Kemp's RidleyAdult2006-05-282006-10-05130
Sleepy/RRV283 Kemp's RidleyJuvenile2006-04-172006-05-0619
Smarttie/RRV231 Kemp's RidleyAdult2006-04-292006-09-22146
Tinker/RRV223 Kemp's RidleySub-Adult2005-05-252005-07-0743

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The Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab (STFERL) is using satellite telemetry to characterize Kemp's ridley movements and their use of nearshore habitats in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. The STFERL's tracking program 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 Tracking 2007" and "TAMUG Green Turtle Tracking" pages.

Project Partners

The TAMUG STFERL is working in cooperation with the NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Facility in Galveston, Texas to respond to, house, and rehabilitate (when necessary) hook-and-line caught, stranded, and nesting Kemp's ridleys. We are also working with Houston Zoo veterinary staff, who examine, x-ray, and treat these turtles as necessary.

In-kind support for TAMUG netting operations and associated tracking is provided by the NOAA Sea Turtle Facility in Galveston, Texas; Sea Turtle Inc. in South Padre Island, TX; The Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) in Port Aransas, TX; the USCG Station on South Padre Island, Texas; and the TAMUG Marine Biology Department.


Project Sponsors

2006: Texas General Land Office, Texas Sea Grant, TAMUG Marine Biology Department, and Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED).

2005: NOAA Fisheries Galveston, Texas General Land Office, TAMUG Marine Biology Department, and the Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.

2004: TAMUG Texas Institute of Oceanography.

2004-2006: Posters informing the public to report sea turtle sightings in Texas were printed by Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles (HEART)/Sea Turtle Restoration Project (Gulf Office).

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