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Lafitte (XXC183) - Sea Grant

TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking

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


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Lafitte (XXC183) is an adult female Kemp's ridley that nested on Galveston, Texas, 26 June 2010. Lafitte was outfitted with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 101 satellite transmitter by the TAMUG Sea Turtle & Fisheries Ecology Research Lab and released at Pirates 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: 2010-06-26 23:55:00
Release Location: Pirates Beach, Galveston, TX
Last Location: 2011-03-06 09:28:06

Adoptive Parents:
Misha Collins
Carlos Ovalle
Steve Carstensen
Pamela Potter
Oconomowoc Public Library
Oliver Worth (from Aunt Erin and Uncle Bryan)
Madeline Ligameri
Mrs. Shultz's 5th Grade STEM Class, Buda, Tx.!

Background

Lafitte (XXC183) was named after a famous pirate when she was discovered nesting at 9:00 am on 26 June 2010 by beachgoers at Pirates Beach on Galveston Island, Texas. She laid a clutch of 96 eggs that were excavated and transported to Padre Island National Seashore for subsequent incubation and hatchling release. The presence of a living tag indicated that Lafitte was a member of the 1992 year class headstarted at the Galveston NOAA Sea Turtle Facility. An ultrasound performed by a Houston zoo veterinarian, Dr. Joe Flanagan, indicated that Lafitte had developing follicles and would likely nest again in 2-4 weeks.


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