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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Sub-Adult
Release Date: 2012-11-09 11:00:00
Release Location: Padre Island National Seashore, Texas
Last Location: 2013-03-04 14:44:44
Flip is a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. Flip was named by citizens that found the turtle injured and cold stunned, stranded on the shores of Holland, near the city of The Hague, on December 10, 2011. Flip was taken to Sea Life Scheveningen, to begin a long rehabilitation process. After the first month at Sea Life and much care by the staff Flip started feeding again, steadily grew, and gained weight and strength. During 2012, several international partners worked together to bring Flip back home to the Gulf of Mexico.
On November 1, 2012, Flip was flown non-stop from Amsterdam to Houston, Texas on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Flip was then transported to the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) in Port Aransas, Texas. There, Flip was given time to acclimate to the Texas climate, and was given a health assessment prior to being released back into the Gulf of Mexico. For more information on Flip’s story visit: Sea Life Scheveningen
The success of this effort is a result of international cooperation with Sea Life Scheveningen, and Sea Life Grapevine, Texas. They are marine life education, conservation, and rehabilitation facilities, and part of Merlin Entertainment Ltd., a worldwide network of entertainment and educational destinations. Other participants included the government of Holland, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Animal Rehabilitation Keep, the U.S. National Park Service, NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
On November 9, 2012, Flip was outfitted with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 202 Cricket transmitter, tagged, and released on the beach at Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS), Texas. Flip was allowed to crawl into the surf and swam from shore into deeper waters off the south Texas coast. The tracking map on this page display’s Flips movements in the Gulf of Mexico after release. Satellite tracking of Flip is being funded by SEA LIFE. PAIS is providing technical assistance; PAIS has used satellite telemetry to track the movements of Kemp’s ridley and green turtles since 1997.