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Life Stage: Sub-Adult
Release Date: 2009-04-07 13:30:00
Last Location: 2009-04-20 23:07:16
"Judy" (YYN909) is a sub-adult loggerhead that stranded alive near mile marker 7.8 on Padre Island National Seashore (PINS) in Kleberg County, TX on 17 September 2008 and was rehabilitated by the Animal Rehabilitation Keep program (ARK) at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) in Port Aransas, TX. This turtle was outfitted with a KiwiSat 101 satellite transmitter by Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab personnel from Texas A&M University at Galveston on 5 April 2009. Judy was released on Mustang Island near Port Aransas, TX by Tony Amos (ARK & UTMSI) on 7 April 2009.
"Judy" was nicknamed by PINS personnel after the person who reported its stranding. Special thanks go to Tony Amos for providing this turtle for satellite tagging and releasing it, as well as the Friends of the ARK organization, which provided funds for the purchase of the satellite tag. Judy is the fifth sea turtle satellite tagged and tracked by STFERL in collaboration with Tony Amos and ARK. The previous four included "Hook", "Lydia Ann", "Slabby" (all loggerheads) and "Heady" (green turtle).
UPDATE (5/1/09): It is unfortunate to report that "Judy" was found stranded dead on 21 April 2009 around the 9 mile marker on Padre Island National Seashore only 13 days after its release. This loggerhead was found by PINS personnel and had a large gaping wound in the chest/left shoulder area and a severed trachea. A necropsy will be performed mostly likely in July. Fortunately, the satellite tag was retrieved and may be used on another turtle. Special thanks to Dr. Donna Shaver and the PINS personnel for recovering this animal and its tag.