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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2017-07-11 16:33:00
Release Location: Brunswick, GA
Last Location: 2017-08-22 01:37:18
Lincoln is a 47.8 cm SCLmin (17.4 kg) juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle captured during a 30-min research trawl off Brunswick, GA.
In conjunction with the naming of this sea turtle, the following parody (aka, "The Ridleysburg Address") was prepared for this namesake:
Four trawls and umpteen years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new survey, conceived in sampling, and dedicated to the proposition that these turtles live mostly in the sea.
Now we are engaged in a great side study, testing whether this ridley or that ridley, so cryptic and so infrequently recaptured, mostly live inshore.
We are set on a great foraging ground of that score. We have come to dedicate a portion of our yield as a tiny testing place, for those ridleys who touched our lives, that this species might live.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense we can only investigate, perhaps still elucidate, but we may never fully comprehend, this ground. The flippers and fins, living and dead, who prosper here comprehend it far above our poor power to add or detract. The sea turtle world will hopefully note and more importantly remember what we have tried to accomplish here, and may it never regret what we did here.
It is for us the bipeds rather to be dedicated here to the highly fished grounds which they who first fought here have in our minds thus far so nobly romanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these epoxied shells swimming here in the ocean to that cause for which began with a notion, that we here highly resolve that these data shall not have been collected in vain - that this ocean, under water, shall have a new birth of knowledge and that coastal waters of the turtles, healthy turtles, and appreciated turtles, shall not perish from the Earth.