A project of TAMUG Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab.
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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Sub-Adult
Release Date: 2006-06-20 01:05:00
Release Location: South Padre Island, Texas
Last Location: 2006-07-31 09:55:26
RRC645 ("Coastie") is a subadult green sea turtle that was outfitted and released with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 202 transmitter on 19 June 2006. This turtle was captured during STFERL entanglement netting operations in the Lower Laguna Madre off the southern portion of South Padre Island, Texas, as part of a two-year study funded by Texas Sea Grant to examine the distribution of sea turtles in Texas bays. This is the first green turtle to be satellite tracked by the STFERL and the first transmitter deployed in conjunction with the current netting project.
This turtle has been nicknamed "Coastie" in honor of the impromptu assistance provided by the Coast Guard Station on South Padre Island, Texas, allowing the transmitter to be affixed by STFERL staff at the station.
NOTE: Unfortunately, Coastie's satellite transmitter appears to have stopped transmitting. This may be due to a bent or broken off antenna and/or biofouling on the transmitter's saltwater switches. Be sure to check out other green turtles still being tracked by TAMUG.