Silver (SSJ502) - Sea Grant
A project of Texas A&M University at Galveston.
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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2011-05-04 01:00:00
Last Location: 2012-03-28 09:53:50
Silver (SSJ502) is a Kemp’s ridley discovered nesting on the west end of Galveston Island, Texas by beachgoers on 3 May 2011. Her clutch of 121 eggs was excavated by biologists from Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) and transported to Padre Island National Seashore for incubation and subsequent hatchling release.
Silver is a head-start Kemp’s ridley from the 1992 year class and the first nester encountered on the upper TX coast in 2011. Thanks to funding from the Texas Sea Grant Program and Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), Silver is the first turtle outfitted in 2011 with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 101 satellite transmitter by TAMUG’s Sea Turtle & Fisheries Ecology Research Lab as part of a study assessing impact of Hurricane Ike on sea turtle nesting activity on the upper Texas coast and impacts from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Silver was released at her nesting location on Galveston Island on the same day she nested and was named for the area of the beach where she was found, near the Silverleaf Seaside Resort.