Kathy (XXC152) - 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: 2011-07-15 21:23:27
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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.