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Kathy (XXC152) - Sea Grant

TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking

A project of TAMUG Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab.


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Kathy (XXC152) is an adult female Kemp's ridley discovered nesting on Surfside Beach, Texas, 19 May 2010. Kathy was outfitted with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 101 satellite transmitter by the TAMUG Sea Turtle & Fisheries Ecology Research Lab and released at Stewart Beach on Galveston Island the same day. Please note that there is a degree of error associated with satellite tracking, and tracks on land may either indicate a nesting attempt or be inaccurate.

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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Adult
Gender: Female
Release Date: 2010-05-20 00:56:00
Release Location: Galveston, TX
Last Location: 2011-07-15 21:23:27

Adoptive Parents:
Christy Wooten
Cathy Coleman
Oconomowoc Public Library
Cindy Lester
Treasure Cove Sea Turtles
Bradford McCandless
Mrs. Shultz 5th Grade STEM Class - Buda, Tx.!

Background

Kathy (XXC152) is a Kemp’s ridley female discovered emerging onto Surfside Beach, Texas by beachgoers, Ashley Rutherford and John Newberry, 19 May 2010. Kathy’s clutch of 102 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.

Kathy is a wild (non-headstarted) Kemp’s ridley and the third nester encountered on the upper TX coast in one day. Thanks to funding from the Texas Sea Grant Program, Kathy is the second turtle outfitted with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 101 satellite transmitter by TAMUG’s Sea Turtle & Fisheries Ecology Research Lab in 2010 as part of a study assessing the impact of Hurricane Ike on sea turtle nesting activity on the upper Texas coast. Kathy was released at Stewart Beach on Galveston Island on the same day. Kathy has been named in honor of Katherine McGovern, President of the John P. McGovern Foundation, who donated funds enabling this season’s nesting patrols.


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