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Title: Monthly morphometric data on captive Kemps ridley sea turtles Class of 1999
Short Name: Class of 1999
Status: Completed
Abstract:

From 1993-2000, 180-200 Kemp's ridly hatchlings were gifted to NOAA Galveston from the government of Mexico and these hatchlings were captive reared in the same manner as headstarted turtles, but were released offshore of Galveston, Texas. Post-headstart Kemp's ridleys were used for testing and evaluating Turtle Excluder Devices [TEDs] and for When the hatchlings emerged, they were allowed to imprint on the beach at PINS and briefly swim in the Gulf of Mexico before they were netted and transported to the NOAA Galveston Laboratory for headstarting. Kemp's ridleys were tagged starting with the living tag at 7-9 months of age, then flipper tagged, coded wire tag, and passive integrated transponder tag [PIT starting in the late 1980s] just prior to release.

Morphometric measurements such as carapace length, carapace width, body depth and weight are taken to track growth and health. Measurements may be taken on all sea turtles within a year class or a smaller sub-set and the average used for the entire year class. Morphometric measurements may be taken more frequently than every 4 weeks if a critical need arises for a specific sized sea turtle for research project. When tags are applied, the codes and locations of those tags are recorded in the database corresponding to the year class of the sea turtles. Sometimes multiple tags of the same kind were applied as part of tag research programs. When research is completed, the turtles are released back into the wild in a location that best matches the natural location where a sea turtle of that size might be found.

Body weight is used to calculate food rations and sea turtles are raised to whatever size is required for fisheries research.

Purpose:

Monitor growth of the 1999 class of captive reared Kemp's ridly sea turtles.

Supplemental Information:

Average Weight, Average Length, Average Width and Average Depth Measurements are included in the file by measurement date

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None body depth
None Kemp's ridley
None length
None morphometric data
None sea turtle
None weight

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None 1999-2001

Physical Location

Organization: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland
City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD

Entity Information

Entity Type: Spreadsheet
Description:

The database contains monthly measurements taken on captive reared sea turtles. Measurements include: straight carapace length nuchal notch to carapace tip, straight carapace width maximum width, body depth maximum, weight.

Data Attributes

Attribute Summary

Rubric Score Primary Key? Name Type Description
100
SPECIES CHARACTER Genus and species of sea turtle
100
YEARCLASS NUMERIC Year in which sea turtle hatched
100
MEASUREMENT_DATE Date Date on which the measurement was recorded
100
GROUP CHARACTER A subset of sea turtles recorded separately for specific research, health or behavior
100
FLIPPER_TAG_CODE_1 CHARACTER Monel alloy flipper tag with a 6 character code of letters and numbers
100
FLIPPER_TAG_LOCATION_1 CHARACTER Location on the sea turtle to which the flipper tag is attached
100
WEIGHT_G NUMERIC Weight in grams
100
LENGTH_CM NUMERIC Straight carapace length in centimeters. Measurement is taken with calipers from the nuchal notch of the carapace to the most posterior tip of the carapace
100
WIDTH_CM NUMERIC Maximum width in centimeters. Measurment is taken with calipers at the largest width of the carapace
100
DEPTH_CM NUMERIC Maximum body depth taken with calipers and measured in centimeters.
100
PIT_TAG_CODE_1 CHARACTER Passive Integrated Transponder Code of the first transponder.
100
PIT_TAG_FREQUENCY NUMERIC The radion frequency of the PIT tag in kilo Hertz
100
PIT_TAG_LOCATION_1 CHARACTER The location of the first PIT tag within the sea turtle
100
LIVING_TAG CHARACTER Living tag
100
CODED_WIRE_TAG CHARACTER Coded wire tag
100
CODED_WIRE_TAG_LOCATION_1 CHARACTER The first location of the coded wire tag within the sea turtle
100
CODED_WIRE_TAG_LOCATION_2 CHARACTER The second location of the coded wire tag within the sea turtle
100
RELEASE_DATE NUMERIC Date on which the sea turtle was released into the wild.
100
Release_Location CHARACTER Location where the sea turtle was released back into the wild.
100
Comments CHARACTER Comments on anything out of the normal

Attribute Details

SPECIES

CC ID: 753200
Seq. Order: 10
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 22
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Genus and species of sea turtle

YEARCLASS

CC ID: 753203
Seq. Order: 20
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 4
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Year in which sea turtle hatched

MEASUREMENT_DATE

CC ID: 753185
Seq. Order: 30
Data Storage Type: Date
Max Length: 10
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Date on which the measurement was recorded

Format Mask: MM/DD/YYYY

GROUP

CC ID: 753182
Seq. Order: 35
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 20
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

A subset of sea turtles recorded separately for specific research, health or behavior

FLIPPER_TAG_CODE_1

CC ID: 753180
Seq. Order: 40
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 6
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Monel alloy flipper tag with a 6 character code of letters and numbers

FLIPPER_TAG_LOCATION_1

CC ID: 753181
Seq. Order: 45
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 20
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Location on the sea turtle to which the flipper tag is attached

WEIGHT_G

CC ID: 753201
Seq. Order: 130
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 8
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Weight in grams

Unit of Measure: gm

LENGTH_CM

CC ID: 753183
Seq. Order: 140
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 5
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Straight carapace length in centimeters. Measurement is taken with calipers from the nuchal notch of the carapace to the most posterior tip of the carapace

WIDTH_CM

CC ID: 753202
Seq. Order: 150
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 5
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Maximum width in centimeters. Measurment is taken with calipers at the largest width of the carapace

Unit of Measure: cm

DEPTH_CM

CC ID: 753178
Seq. Order: 155
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 5
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Maximum body depth taken with calipers and measured in centimeters.

PIT_TAG_CODE_1

CC ID: 753187
Seq. Order: 159
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 15
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Passive Integrated Transponder Code of the first transponder.

PIT_TAG_FREQUENCY

CC ID: 753190
Seq. Order: 162
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 5
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

The radion frequency of the PIT tag in kilo Hertz

PIT_TAG_LOCATION_1

CC ID: 753192
Seq. Order: 164
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 20
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

The location of the first PIT tag within the sea turtle

LIVING_TAG

CC ID: 753184
Seq. Order: 190
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 3
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Living tag

CODED_WIRE_TAG

CC ID: 753174
Seq. Order: 460
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 20
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Coded wire tag

CODED_WIRE_TAG_LOCATION_1

CC ID: 753175
Seq. Order: 470
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 20
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

The first location of the coded wire tag within the sea turtle

CODED_WIRE_TAG_LOCATION_2

CC ID: 753176
Seq. Order: 475
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 20
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

The second location of the coded wire tag within the sea turtle

RELEASE_DATE

CC ID: 753197
Seq. Order: 480
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 10
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Date on which the sea turtle was released into the wild.

Release_Location

CC ID: 753198
Seq. Order: 490
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 100
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Location where the sea turtle was released back into the wild.

Comments

CC ID: 753186
Seq. Order: 500
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 300
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Comments on anything out of the normal

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 753204
Date Effective From: 1995
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Higgins, Benjamin
Address: 4700 Avenue U
Galveston, TX 77551
Email Address: ben.higgins@noaa.gov
Phone: 409-766-3670
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Distributor

CC ID: 753205
Date Effective From: 2017
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD)
Address: NOAA/NESDIS E/OC SSMC3, 4th Floor, 1351 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Phone: (301) 713-3277
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 753206
Date Effective From: 1995
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Higgins, Benjamin
Address: 4700 Avenue U
Galveston, TX 77551
Email Address: ben.higgins@noaa.gov
Phone: 409-766-3670
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Point of Contact

CC ID: 753207
Date Effective From: 2016
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Baumer, Tim J
Address: 4700 Avenue U
Galveston, TX 77551
Email Address: tim.baumer@noaa.gov
Phone: 409-766-3784
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 753208
Start Date: 1999
End Date: 2002
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0100/0156880/1.1/data/0-data/26907/26907/26907/CSV/Lk1999.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2017 - Present)
File Name: Lk1999.csv
Compression: Uncompressed
Review Status: Chked Viruses Inapp Content

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 52557
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:52557
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2018-05-04 17:10+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-04-29 12:26+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-04-29
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-04-30