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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Immature
Release Date: 2016-12-02 18:40:00
Release Location: Ten Thousand Islands
Last Location: 2017-03-26 23:16:02
Rachael M. Zaffiro
Tula measured 45 cm curved carapace length. She had been eating mostly spider crabs but had also consumed stone and calico crabs. Like Lucy Helen, this food choice may have made her less susceptible to the red tide bloom that has been occurring in this region. Tula moved up Coon Key Pass after release to as far as Goodland, "the drinking village with a fishing problem". She then headed down the coast to Whitehorse Key, moving back and forth along the eastern shore of Gullivan Bay and making brief forays into the backwaters. Following a cold front the end of January, Tula moved westward up to 6 km (4 miles) offshore Cape Romano. She then headed rapidly southward up to 36 km (22 miles) from the Cape and then eastward to Lostman's Key in the Everglades National Park. Tula then moved south to Ponce de Leon Bay and possibly the backwaters of Shark River. Interestingly, she joined King's tracked turtle, one of our other instrumented ridleys, in the Bay. Tula began moving northward along the coast by mid-February and returned to her capture site before month's end. The satellite tag is sponsored by Evan and Tracy Segal.