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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2012-04-13 10:20:00
Release Location: Galveston, TX
Last Location: 2013-05-17 19:22:37
Mij is a Kemp's ridley discovered nesting on the east end of Galveston Island, Texas by beachgoers on 13 April 2012. Her clutch of 115 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.
Thanks to funding from the National Parks Service, Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), Mij is the first turtle outfitted by TAMUG’s Trophic Ecology and Sea Turtle Research Lab (TESTR)in 2012 with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 101 satellite transmitter as part of a collaborative study assessing potential impacts from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Kemp's ridley in the Gulf of Mexico. Mij (Jim spelled backwards)was named after the beach goer who spotted her crawling up the beach, looking for a place to nest. She was released at her nesting location later the same day.