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Texas A&M University at Galveston
News Release
Monday, February 06, 2012

Help Name an Endangered Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle!

The new endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle housed at the Texas A&M - Galveston Sea Life Facility needs a name! The Sea Turtle Restoration Project is sponsoring a Name-the-Turtle Contest. Elementary and middle classes alike can submit name suggestions - from which winner will be announced April 2 (Monday). Deadline for entry is March 24 (Friday).

What:    The Sea Turtle Restoration project at Texas A&M University at Galveston Sea Life Facility is sponsoring a Name-the-Turtle Contest for the new endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle housed at the facility.

Who:     Those eligible for entry include elementary- and middle-grade students.

How:     Teachers may send turtle name suggestions. Include the following in entries:

1). Name and mailing address of the school

2). Teacher's name

3). Student's name and grade level.

4). Send entries to P.O. Box 681231, Houston, Texas 77268-1231.

When:   Deadlines for entries will be March 23 (Friday). The winner will be announced on April 2, (Monday) 2012.

Comments:         In January 2012, the first rescued Kemp's Ridley sea turtle was delivered to the TAMUG Sea Life Facility by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), where the animal had received treatment. Now the turtle is recuperating at the Sea Life Facility in the Ocean and Coastal Studies building on the TAMUG campus on Pelican Island and may be viewed by the general public before being released back into the Gulf of Mexico.

To obtain more information about the TAMUG Sea Life Facility, contact the facility's director, Dr. Kimberly Reich, at (409) 740-4718. Go to tamug.edu to view the turtle in the Sea Life Facility.

Texas A&M University at Galveston is the maritime and marine-based branch campus of Texas A&M University. It is a special purpose institution offering academic programs, research and service in marine and maritime studies TAMUG is home to the Texas Maritime Academy, the only maritime academy located on the Gulf Coast. TAMUG students are known as "Sea Aggies" and like their College Station counter-parts, receive the Aggie Ring and a Texas A&M University diploma.




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