Karen (XXC148) - Sea Grant
A project of TAMUG Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab.
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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2010-05-20 00:56:00
Release Location: Galveston, TX
Last Location: 2012-02-07 14:32:08
Oconomowoc Public Library
Abigail and Spencer Stones
The De Leon Family
The first sea turtle nest on the upper Texas coast in 2010 was laid on 19 May by Karen (XXC148), a Kemp’s ridley female discovered emerging from the Gulf of Mexico by Sea Turtle & Fisheries Ecology Research Lab (STFERL) Director Dr. Andre Landry. Karen deposited a clutch of 79 eggs on Bolivar Peninsula. Her eggs were excavated by biologists from Texas A&M University at Galveston and transported to Padre Island National Seashore for incubation and subsequent hatchling release. She was equipped with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 101 satellite transmitter and released at Stewart Beach on Galveston several hours after nesting.
Karen is a wild (non-headstarted) Kemp’s ridley as she lacks living and coded wire tags. The satellite tracking data gained from Karen and other Kemp’s ridley females tagged by the TAMUG STFERL are essential to characterizing sea turtle nesting on the upper Texas coast, as well as identifying inter-nesting and post-nesting movements of these critically endangered reptiles. Karen has been named in honor of Karen Stockton, a music teacher at Houston Community College, who passed away suddenly last year. Karen was a marvelous pianist, talented singer and conservationist. Her husband, Farrar Stockton, made a donation to STFERL for sea turtle public education signs in honor of Karen.
UPDATE JUNE 2010: Karen was observed by biologists from Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) laying another clutch of 100 eggs on Bolivar Peninsula, 2 June 2010. Her eggs were excavated and transported to Padre Island National Seashore for incubation and subsequent hatchling release. After nesting, Karen has exhibited a typical foraging migration toward Louisiana. There is growing concern Karen's movements may take her into the BP's Deep Horizon oil spill area.