Lafitte (XXC183) - 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: 2010-06-26 23:55:00
Release Location: Pirates Beach, Galveston, TX
Last Location: 2011-03-06 09:28:06
Oconomowoc Public Library
Oliver Worth (from Aunt Erin and Uncle Bryan)
Mrs. Shultz's 5th Grade STEM Class, Buda, Tx.!
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.