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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 25

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C2 'liiiiI>\n\Ni-\\s SUNDAY, JULY 4, 1999 GALVESTON COUNTY, TEXAS J Turtles Continued from Page Cl The new nests have been, credited at least in part to the turtle excluder devices — or TEDs — that have been required on the trawl nets of commercial shrimpers since 1990. "There is no doubt that the TEDs have helped increase the population of Kemp's ri- dley turtles," said David Owen, professor of biology at Texas A&M University. "As much of a battle as we had to go through getting the TEDs, we still have made a lot of progress." Although the Kemp's ridley population has tripled since 1980 to about 3,000 adults today, known deaths, mostly of beached turtles, for the first six months of this year are still near historic highs. So far this year, there have been 224 known deaths among all species of sea turtle, including 53 Kemp's ridleys. Donna Shaver, Texas Sea Turtle Stranding Network coordinator, said turtle deaths fall off dramatically during the mid-May to mid-June closure of commercial shrimping in Texas waters when authorities aggressively conduct TED inspections. "A very large percentage of turtle strandings are due to shrimping," said Shaver. The new nesting turtles, which spent a year in Galveston, began life as eggs in Rancho Nuevo, Mexico, where most of the world's Kemp's ri- dley turtles nest. They were incubated on North Padre Island and then raised for a year in Galveston. Most were released in Gulf waters off Padre Island National Sea Shore. How the turtles return to their hatching ground after a decade of swimming tens of thousands of miles in the Gulf still fascinates marine scientists. Scientists have offered several hypotheses, including the taste of the sand, a precise fix of the stars or a biological magnetic compass. A Kemp's ridley turtle takes 10 to 15 years to sexually mature and can live to 50 years or more. The female lays as many as 100 leathery eggs in a nest dug two feet deep in warm, moist sand between the dune line and the water line. Adults can nest two or three times a year. All the eggs discovered on Padre Island, about 2,000 this year, are collected by the Texas Sea Turtle Stranding Network, an offspring of the Head Start program, and in- 10% off 356 f national retail nricc) ^^^P^^ 1021 61st SL #125 • (409 740-DIET YOUR E>Ec§>T! SAVE UP TO 75 % ON DESIGNER FASHIONS, SHOES a JEWELRY! / Finest Resale Boutique since 1969 Designer Fashions for Less 281.332.3252 MOM-SAT 10AM-6PM .603 E. MAIN {FM 518J LEAGUE CITY .,- : Galvestonian Celebrates Golden Jubilee Sister M. Camilla, O.P. (Elva Micheletti), daughter of the late Vilma Micheletti and Emil Micheletti, will celebrate her Golden Jubilee on Saturday, July 10, 1999 at Sacred Heart Church, 14th and Broadway, during the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Rev. Msgr. Eugene Cargill will celebrate the Mass and Rev. Frank Fabj will concelebrate. A reception will follow at the Sacred Heart Gym. Sister Camilla entered the Dominican Sisters in Houston, Texas on September 12, 1949 and took her Final Vows on August 15, 1956. Sister began her teaching career in 1952 in Houston, then assignments took her to schools in Galveston, Houston, Beaumont, Port Neches, Sulphur. Louisiana, Whittier and San Bernardino, California. She also taught piano lessons after school. Sister received her B.A. degree from Sacred Heart College in Houston ami her M.A. degree from San Bernardino California State College. Sister's career has included many challenging assignments and today she is actively coordinating transportation and activities for St. Dominic Villa in Houston. Trie Villa is the retirement facility for the Dominican Sisters. Sister also plays for the 10 and 11 o'clock Masses each Swndav at the V.A. Medical Center in Houston. Fontaine, right, checks on more than 100 young Kemp's ridley sea turtles in Galveston. Also pictured is John Embesi. (File photo by Kevin Bartram) cubated for 60 days until they hatch. Last year, the network had a 100-percent hatching success rate. The hatchlings are released two days later, as soon as they exhibit a "frenzied state," which provides them with enough energy to crawl out of their nests down to the water, negotiate the choppy surf and head out into the deep water of the Gulf. Pets of the Week A This week's pets of the week are Trigger and Malachi. Trigger is an 11-monthotd great dane mix, and he needs lots of space to roam. Malachi Is a mediimthalred, neutered male cat Trigger and Malachi are available for adoption at the Animal Shelter and Adoption Center of Galveston Island. Fees are $55 for cats and $65 for dogs. For information, call the shelter at (409) 740-1919 or visit the shelter at 6814 Broadway. Protect Continued from Page Cl abundant," he said. "They have a very long juvenile lifespan, and one reason populations don't bounce back quickly is that it takes a long time for them to reproduce." The Kemp's ridley turle, he said, reaches its reproductive age sooner than many other species, making its numbers more likely to recover more quickly. All sea turtles species remain endangered, however, It's a Revlon wig. Naturally. When the look is so natural, so fashionable that you'd never guess it's a wig, you can bet it's Revlon. Becky's 230 W. Main (FM sis @ Hwy. 3) Across from H.E.B. League City, TX (281) 332-6407 1-8OO-488-6884 Want retirement living that includes warm sea breezes? 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