Galveston, Texas Head Start Captive Reared Sea Turtle Program Data, 1979-2016 (NCEI Accession 0157625)

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This is a compilation of several data sets related to the Galveston Texas Seaturtle Headstart program. Most notable is the Kemp's ridley headstart program [1978-1992] which captive reared up to 2,000 Kemp's ridley hatchlings per year until they were large enough to receive up to 4 tags, then they were released into the wild in the Gulf of Mexico. Morphometric measurements such as carapace length, carapace width, body depth and weight are taken to track growth and health. This data package also contains data from the seawater intake pump. Water quality data is recorded during the intake of seawater through the intake lines. This data package also contains a summary of bacteria found in the turtle tanks. In order to maintain healthy reared sea turtle swabs were taken and tested for several different bacteria.
  • Cite as: Higgins, Benjamin (2017). Galveston, Texas Head Start Captive Reared Sea Turtle Program Data, 1979-2016 (NCEI Accession 0157625). Version 3.3. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Time Period 1979-01-01 to 2016-09-07
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 29.278028
S: 29.274811
E: -94.81456
W: -94.819688
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
  • Summary of Bacteria Found in Captive Sea Turtles 2002-Present
  • Cooperative Marine Turtle Tagging Program Sea Turtle Tagging Records on Rehabilitated and Released Sea Turtles from NOAA Galveston
  • Monthly Morphometric Data on Captive Loggerhead Sea Turtles 1995-Present
  • First Care Area Logs for Captive Loggerhead and Kemps Ridley Sea Turtles 2003-2014
  • Summary of NOAA Galveston rehabilitated sea turtles held temporarily at offsite holding facilities
  • Summary of sea turtles rehabilitated at NOAA Galveston 2001-2015
  • Mark recapture database for head started Kemp's ridleys 1978-1992
  • Summary of seawater chemistry taken from the beach pump intakes
  • Captive sea turtle rearing inventory, feeding, and water chemistry in sea turtle rearing tanks at NOAA Galveston 1995 to 2015 (NCEI Accession 0156869)
  • Monthly morphometric data on captive Kemps ridley sea turtles from 1998-2014 (NCEI Accession 0156880)
  • Summary of sea turtle stranding data documented by NOAA Galveston in the Gulf of Mexico from 1989-01-05 to 2015-12-27 (NCEI Accession 0159757)
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2017-01-04
  • revision: 2018-08-23
Edition 3.3
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
In this accession, NODC has archived multiple versions of these data. The latest (and best) version of these data has the largest version number.

Submission Package ID: BX6H0Y
Purpose This is a collective set of data that contains 6 data sets associated with raising captive sea turtles from the Gulf of Mexico. All turtles were raised at the Galveston NOAA Lab.
Use Limitations
  • accessLevel: Public
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Higgins, Benjamin (2017). Galveston, Texas Head Start Captive Reared Sea Turtle Program Data, 1979-2016 (NCEI Accession 0157625). Version 3.3. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
Cited Authors
  • Higgins, Benjamin
Principal Investigators
  • Benjamin Higgins
    US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Galveston, TX Laboratory (SEFSC - Galveston Lab)
Resource Providers
Points of Contact
  • Tim Baumer
    US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Galveston, TX Laboratory (SEFSC - Galveston Lab)
Publishers
Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > BACTERIA/ARCHAEA
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > AMMONIA
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > NITRATE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > NITRITE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > PH
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE > WATER TEMPERATURE
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
Submitter Datatype Keywords
  • Ammonia
  • Bacteriology
  • Behavior
  • Body Depth
  • Carapace Length
  • Caretta caretta
  • Chelonia mydas
  • Diet
  • Eretmochelys imbricata
  • Feeding
  • Kemps Ridley
  • Lepidochelys kempii
  • Loggerhead
  • Medications
  • Morphometric Data
  • NO2
  • NO3
  • Sea Turtle
  • Sick Captive Sea Turtles
  • Water Chemistry
  • Water Quality
  • Weight
  • green sea turtle
  • growth
  • hawksbill
  • rehabilitation
  • release
  • tagging
Submitter Funding Agency
  • US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Galveston, TX Laboratory
Submitter Institution
  • TX Laboratory
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NODC > National Oceanographic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC > Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Submitter Instrument Keywords
  • Sampling PH Strips
  • Water Chemistry Kit
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO
Submitter Sea Names
  • Coastal Waters of Texas
  • Galveston
  • North Atlantic
  • Texas
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Higgins, Benjamin (2017). Galveston, Texas Head Start Captive Reared Sea Turtle Program Data, 1979-2016 (NCEI Accession 0157625). Version 3.3. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
Access Constraints
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Processing Steps
  • 2017-01-04T15:02:20 - NCEI Accession 0157625 v1.1 was published.
  • 2017-02-03T17:55:30 - NCEI Accession 0157625 was revised and v2.2 was published.
    Rationale: Updates were received for this data set. These updates were copied into the data/0-data/ directory of this accession. These updates may provide additional files or replace obsolete files. This version contains the most complete and up-to-date representation of this archival information package. All of the files received prior to this update are available in the preceding version of this accession.
  • 2018-08-23T20:05:27 - NCEI Accession 0157625 was revised and v3.3 was published.
    Rationale: Updates were received for this data set. These updates were copied into the data/0-data/ directory of this accession. These updates may provide additional files or replace obsolete files. This version contains the most complete and up-to-date representation of this archival information package. All of the files received prior to this update are available in the preceding version of this accession.
Output Datasets
Lineage information for: dataset
Processing Steps
  • Data Type: body depth (measured); Units: cm; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: calipers.
  • Data Type: Kemp's ridley (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: carapace length (measured); Units: cm; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: calipers.
  • Data Type: weight (measured); Units: g; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: scale.
  • Data Type: morphometric data (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: sea turtle (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: Caretta caretta (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: feeding (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: Lepidochelys kempii (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: loggerhead (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: water chemistry (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: WATER TEMPERATURE (measured); Units: degrees Celsius; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: YSI - handheld multi-parameter instrument.
  • Data Type: SALINITY (measured); Units: ppt; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: YSI - handheld multi-parameter instrument.
  • Data Type: PH (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: sampling ph strips.
  • Data Type: AMMONIA (measured); Units: milligrams per liter; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: waterchemisty kit.
  • Data Type: NH4 (measured); Units: milligrams per liter; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: water chemistry kit.
  • Data Type: NITRATE (measured); Units: milligrams per liter; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: water chemistry kit.
  • Data Type: NO3 (measured); Units: milligrams per liter; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: water chemistry kit.
  • Data Type: NITRITE (measured); Units: milligrams per liter; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: water chemistry kit.
  • Data Type: NO2 (measured); Units: milligrams per liter; Observation Type: laboratory analysis; Sampling Instrument: water chemistry kit.
  • Data Type: behavior (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: diet (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: water quality (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: medications (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: sick captive sea turtles (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: bacteria (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
  • Data Type: bacteriology (measured); Units: na; Observation Type: na; Sampling Instrument: na.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • calipers
  • scale
  • YSI - handheld multi-parameter instrument
Last Modified: 2018-08-23T22:23:32
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