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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2012-04-14 12:20:00
Release Location: Galveston, TX
Last Location: 2012-05-24 15:37:22
Noam & Mai Teimonen
Ana (UUU125, UUU126) is a Kempís ridley discovered nesting on the west end of Galveston Island, Texas by beachgoers on 14 April 2012. Ana's clutch of 95 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.
Ana is a head-start Kempís ridley from the 1992 year class and the second nester encountered on Galveston Island in 2012. Thanks to funding from the National Parks Service, Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), Ana is the second turtle outfitted in 2012 with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 101 satellite transmitter by TAMUGís Trophic Ecology and Sea Turtle Research Lab as part of a study assessing potential impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Kemp's ridley population in the Gulf of Mexico. Ana was named for one of the people who found her, a young girl named Ana who was in Galveston celebrating her birthday! Ana was released at her nesting location later the same day.
UPDATE: Ana was observed nesting again on 10 April 2012 at San Luis Pass on Galveston Island. She deposited 93 eggs this time and as of now is still in the area. maaybe sge will lay another nest before she returns to her feeding grounds. Time will tell!