TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Nesters 2007-2008


Dataset credit

Data provider
TAMUG Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab
Originating data center
Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT)
Project partner
The TAMUG STFERL partners with the NOAA Sea Turtle Facility in Galveston, Texas, to respond to reports of nesting activity on upper Texas coast beaches, relocate nests, and satellite tag nesters. Houston Zoo veterinary staff provide expertise in assessing the health and reproductive status (via sonography) of females prior to satellite tag application.
Project sponsor or sponsor description
Funding for seven nesting ridleys tracked by the STFERL in 2007 and 2008 was provided by the Texas General Land Office Coastal Management Program, as well as by donations made through seaturtle.org and Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles (HEART).

Educational beach signage, posters, bookmarks, and stickers requesting public reporting of sea turtle tracks and sightings in Texas were printed by HEART/Sea Turtle Restoration Project (Gulf Office).


Primary contact Christi Hughes TAMUG Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab
Data entry Michael Coyne seaturtle.org



The Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG) Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab (STFERL) initiated a satellite tracking study in 2005 to document inter- and post-nesting movements of sea turtles intercepted nesting on upper Texas coast beaches, as well as nester fidelity to beach habitats, migratory routes, and Gulf of Mexico foraging grounds. The STFERL's ongoing tracking program seeks to fill voids in our knowledge of the in-water and nesting dynamics of Kemp's ridleys and generate data essential to revising the Kemp's Ridley Recovery Plan.

Other TAMUG STFERL tracks are available on the TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking 2007, TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking 2004-2006, TAMUG Green Turtle Tracking, and TAMUG Loggerhead Tracking pages.



Supplemental information

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This section explains attributes included in the original dataset. OBIS-SEAMAP restricts the attributes available to the public to date/time, lat/lon and species names/counts only. Should you need other attributes described here, you are encouraged to contact the data provider.

Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
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Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
prognumProgram number
tag_idPTT ID
lcLocation class
iqQuality indicator
dir1Dir 1
nb_mesNumber of messages received
big_nb_mesdefinition not provided
best_levelBest signal strength in dB
pass_durationPass duration in seconds
nopcNumber Of Plausibility Checks successful (from 0-4)
calcul_freqCalculated frequency
altitudeAltitude used for location calculation
speciesSpecies name
project_idSTAT Project ID
lc_filterParameters to location filtering
speed_filterParameters to speed filtering
distance_filterParameters to distance filtering
topo_filterParameters to topo filtering
time_filterParameters to time filtering
angle_filterParameters to angle filtering
life_stageLife stage of the animal
genderGender of the animal
wetdryWet or dry
wetdry_filterParameters to Wet or dry filterint
obs_datetimeDate and time (local time zone)
timezone_hTime difference from UTC
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles1,630
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2007-05-19
Date, End2009-12-03
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude24.75 - 36.61
Longitude-125.87 - -74.55
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 938)
Traveled (km)46,900
Travel hours70,396
Contr. throughSatellite Tracking and Analysis Tool
Sharing policy Permission required
Shared with SWOT
GBIF (via DOI)*
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