DSN community, I need your help

I’m going to shameless co-opt the DSN soapbox for selfish research purposes for a moment.

Do you know anyone who lives near Seadrift TX, east of Corpus Christi/West of Houston?  I have a satellite tag that came ashore in Espiritu Santo Bay, inside Matagorda Is. and I’d love to get it back.  It was on a female whale shark called Lucy, who was tagged near Isla Contoy, Mexico.  The tag came off in the Flower Garden Banks offshore from Texas and gradually drifted inshore.  I’m pretty sure its on the beach now.

Last ping was 28.333N 96.598W, or the green arrow in this map.


It’s likely lying on the beach of that tiny spit of land, which is called Long Island.  There’s a boat ramp close by at the end of Lane Rd. that comes off Adams St (Rt. 185), which connects Seadrift to Pt. O’Connor.  Any help much appreciated, please share with your Texas friends and colleagues.  People can contact me through this website.


The tag looks like this

The tag looks like this

Alistair Dove (149 Posts)

Dr. Alistair Dove is a systematic and ecological parasitologist by training, with broader research interests in the natural history and health of marine animals, especially whale sharks. He is currently Director of Research and Conservation at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta USA. His comments here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Georgia Aquarium

14 Replies to “DSN community, I need your help”

  1. Do you know someone at UTMSI, Port Aransas. If not, email me and I will contact them.

  2. You might try the TPWD Coastal Fisheries Office in Port O’Connor. They spend a lot of time out on the water (not sure about that exact location) but they may be able to help. 361-972-6253.

  3. Be sure and refresh the latest pings location. That area is being affected by high winds and moving currents.

  4. I’ll be down in that area later this week. I won’t have my boat with me, but I might be able to get a buddy to run over there if you haven’t gotten someone to pick it up by then.

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