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Species: Kemp's Ridley
Life Stage: Juvenile
Release Date: 2007-08-14 15:10:00
Release Location: McFaddin NWR; Sabine Pass, Texas
Last Location: 2007-09-17 13:14:52
Jeff & Rachel Rommel
RRV337 is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that has been nicknamed "Tallulah" by a fan of Lucas Miller, "The Singing Zoologist." Lucas, a children's author, musician, and educator, generously donated proceeds from his book and CD sales to HEART (Help Endangered Animals - Ridley Turtles) to fund Tallulah's transmitter.
Tallulah was caught in July 2007 by a recreational hook-and-line fisherman in Galveston, Texas, and s/he was responded to by NOAA Sea Turtle Facility staff. The ridley was hooked deeply in the mouth, and the hook was removed by Houston Zoo veterinary staff. An x-ray at the Zoo revealed the turtle had no internal hooks. After several weeks of rehabilitation at the NOAA Sea Turtle Facility, s/he was deemed suitable for tracking. Tallulah was released from the east end of McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge on 14 August 2007 with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 202 satellite transmitter and is being tracked by the TAMUG STFERL.
To see Tallulah's release location on a global scale, click here.
To compare Tallulahs's current location with the current locations of other animals being tracked on seaturtle.org, click here.
NOTE: Tallulah's satellite transmitter washed up in Crystal Beach, Texas on 12 December 2007. There transmitter intact, and there was no sign of the turtle. The last transmissions in September 2007 suggested the turtle was healthy at that time, but we are unable to determine Tallulah's fate since then.