Research & Projects

 PROFESSORIAL AND GRADUATE RESEARCH
red drum

Role of iodine and thyroid stimulating hormone in red drum (Scienops ocellatus)

PhD Student: Allison A. Wilkes

Dept. of Biology (College Station) and Dept. of Marine Biology (Galveston)

Project Description:

This experiment will research the role of iodine and thyroid stimulating hormone on thyroid tissue in red drum and determine if food, iodine supplementation and water parameters influence iodine uptake. Two feeding trails are running simultaneously; one in the Sea Life Facility and one in the animal holding facilities at Texas A&M in College Station. Previous research has shown that fish held in low salinity, artificial sea water will become insensitive to injections of recombinant bovine thyroid stimulating hormone (bTSH), indicating possible hypo-thyroidism.  By raising red drum in the natural seawater in the Sea Life Facility effects of different water parameters on thyroid response may be determined. 

 COURSEWORK IN MARICULTURE
Mariculture Coursework

Mariculture (MARB 423)

Investigator: Dr. Jaime Alvarado-Bremer
Associate Professor

Email: alvaradj@tamug.edu

Project Description:

The Sea Life Facility offers students taking the Mariculture (MARB 423) course the opportunity to learn techniques involving the cultivation of marine and brackish fish species. The 12-tank closed recirculating system available to the students allows them to have a real “hands-on” learning experience

 SEA TURTLE RECOVERY PROGRAM

The Sea Life Facility offers a place for sea turtles recovering from illness or injury to regain their strength, grow and complete their recovery before being released back into the waters of the  Gulf of Mexico waters. All of the sea turtles at TAMUG’s Sea Life Facility were first treated at National Marine Fisheries Service sea turtle hospital here in Galveston.

 

 FEATURED TURTLES
RELEASED TURTLES
Pi Kemp's ridley

Species: Lepidochelys kempii

Date Admitted: Oct 3, 2012

Age: unknown

Name: Pi

Turtle Description: Pi arrived at the facility healthy but was returned to the NMFS facility on the island due to a Fungal lung infection. Now returned to the SLF, Pi is doing very well despite missing his/her front right flipper and a portion of the right rear flipper.

Release date: 7/8/2013

Sport Kemp's ridley

Species: Lepidochelys kempii

Date Admitted: Oct 3, 2012

Age: unknown

Name: Sport

Turtle Description: Sport was found in poor condition after becoming entangled in the shoe string of a sport cleat. The string became wrapped around his/her left front flipper which resulted in a fracture to the humerus. We are happy to say the cleat was removed, the flipper has healed, and Sport is growing and doing very well to date.

Release date: 7/8/2013

Star Green

Species: Chelonia mydas

Date Admitted: Oct 24, 2012

Age: unknown

Name: Star

Turtle Description:

Star is our feature turtle on the galveston.com webcam and is a very healthy green full of energy. This turtle was admitted after being caught with a hook and line, which was removed upon her recovery.

Release date: 6/14/2013

 

Sharkbite_Green_2 Green

Species: Chelonia mydas

Date Admitted: Sept 20, 2012

Age: unknown

Name: Sharkbite

Turtle Description:

Washed up on the beach in November 2011, shortly after hatching. Weak and emaciated, the hatchling was missing it’s right rear flipper and a portion of the right front flipper. Today it is thriving.

Release Date:

 

May_Green_2 Green

Species: Chelonia mydas

Date Admitted: Sept 20, 2012 

Age: unknown

Name: May

 

Turtle Description:

Washed up on the beach in November 2011, shortly after hatching. Weak and emaciated, the hatchling was missing it’s right rear flipper and a portion of the right front flipper. Today it is thriving.

Release Date:

 

Yearling Kemps A Kemp's Ridley

Species: Lepidochelys kempii

Date Admitted: May 16, 2012 

Age: 2011 hatchling

Name: Bubbles

Turtle Description:

Washed up on the beach in November 2011, shortly after hatching. Weak and emaciated, the hatchling was missing it’s right rear flipper and a portion of the right front flipper. Today it is thriving.

Release Date: Sept 10, 2012

 

Yearling Kemps C Kemp's Ridley

Species: Lepidochelys kempii

Date Admitted: May 16, 2012 

Age: 2011 hatchling

Name: Speedy

Turtle Description:

Washed up on the beach in November 2011, shortly after hatching. Sick and emaciated it is missing a portion of it’s right front flipper but is otherwise doing well.

Release Date: Sept 10,2012

 

Green_Sally Green

Species: Chelonia mydas

Date Admitted: July 25, 2012 

Age: unknown

Name: Sally

 Turtle Description:

Sally was found washed up on the beach when sea turtle nesting responders found her. She was taken to the NMFS Galveston Laboratory where the turtle was found to be healthy and active with no abnormalities found.

Given a clean bill of health, Sally will remain at the Sea Life Facility for growth and weight gain before she is released into the sea grass beds of galveston bay.

Release Date: Sept 17,2012

See video of release Here

Milagro Kemp's Ridley

Species: Lepidochelys kempii

Date Admitted: Jan 10, 2012 

Age: ~2 years old

Name: Milagro

Project Description:

This Kemp's ridley was recovered by fishermen at Surfside Beach. It’s shell was fractured, it had pneumonia, and was missing its right front flipper as well as several lateral scutes (its shell along the edge). After a full recovery, Milagro was released 24 miles offshore.

Release Date: May 30, 2012

 

Green turtle Green turtle

Species: Chelonia mydas

Date Admitted: May 16, 2012 

Age: ~2 years old

Name: Splash

Project Description:

This turtle was hooked by a fishermen at the Texas City Dike. Stricken with pneumonia and emaciated, the turtle swallowed a 1 in. treble hook. The hook was removed and the turtle was treated with antibiotics. Splash made a quick recovery and was released near Christmas Bay.

Release Date: May 30, 2012