Joy (RRV244) - Sea Grant
A project of Texas A&M University at Galveston.
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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2011-05-18 23:00:00
Last Location: 2011-08-05 02:18:30
Joy (RRV244) is a wild Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that nested on the west end of Galveston Island, Texas near the Seascape Condominiums on 18 May 2011. Her clutch of 101 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.
Joy is the second Kemp's ridley nester outfitted with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 101 satellite transmitter by TAMUG’s Sea Turtle & Fisheries Ecology Research Lab (STFERL) in 2011. Satellite tracking of Joy and other nesters by the STFERL is part of collaborative Texas Sea Grant and Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) studies assessing impact of Hurricane Ike on sea turtle nesting activity on the upper Texas coast and impacts from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Joy was released at her nesting location on Galveston Island the same day she nested and was named for Joy McKenzie who found her nesting.