A project of TAMUG Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab.
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Species: Green Turtle
Life Stage: Sub-Adult
Release Date: 2010-10-02 21:54:00
Release Location: South Padre, TX
Last Location: 2011-05-17 21:46:45
Weber City Elementary Ecology Club
Natalie, Georgeanna, Isabelle & Richard Marshall
Ayala & Athena
Charity L Ratliff
Mrs. Holland's 6th Grade Science
UUN701 "Papi" (UUN701) is a subadult (64.8 cm SCL) green sea turtle captured 10 August 2010 during STFERL entanglement netting operations in the Mexiquita Flats area of the Lower Laguna Madre (LLM), adjacent to Port Isabel, TX. This turtle was one of 11 greens (out of 33) captured in August 2010 exhibiting fibropapilloma (FP) tumors, with this assemblage representing the first documented live, non-stranded case of FP in Texas. “Papi” was initially taken to Sea Turtle, Inc. in South Padre, TX on the same day as capture for health evaluation, tranferred to Corpus Christi for tumor removal and treatment by veterinarian Dr. Tim Tristan on 19 August, and rehabilitated at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) in Port Aransas. "Papi" was transferred back to Sea Turtle, Inc. on 27 September for tagging and subsequent release. This turtle was outfitted with a Sirtrack KiwiSat 101 satellite transmitter by STFERL personnel and released in the LLM at its original capture location on 2 October 2010. Satellite tracking of ”Papi” and other green turtles is one aspect of STFERL’s ongoing study of green turtle assemblages in the LLM.
UUN701 was nicknamed "Papi" by the Sea Turtle, Inc. staff. Special thanks go to Sea Turtle, Inc. for temporarily housing this turtle and providing space to process and attach the satellite transmitter, Dr. Tim Tristan and the ARK for removing the tumors and providing rehabilitation care, and Dr. Donna Shaver for coordinating the transfer of this animal between rehabilitation facilities. Other TAMUG STFERL tracks are available on the "TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Nesters 2007-2008", "TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking 2007", "TAMUG Kemp's Ridley Tracking 2004-2006", and "TAMUG Loggerhead Tracking" pages.