Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Are Beginning To Nest In Texas, And It’s Looking Like A Busy Season
If you live anywhere near South Padre Island, springtime means one thing above all else: the start of sea turtle nesting season. Before long, little hatchlings will begin making their way into the ocean, and this year is looking like a busy one already!
Releases typically take place at 6:45 a.m. on Malaquite Beach in front of the Visitor Center at Padre Island National Seashore on North Padre Island. Please remember not to touch the sea turtles, as it could interfere with their complex imprinting process. This leads them back to the beach where they hatched the following year, allowing for the continuation of the species. If you see a stranded sea turtle on the beach, flag down a turtle patroller or call 1-866-TURTLE5 to reach the area coordinator.
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Katie Lawrence is a Southeast Texas native who graduated 18th in her high school class with a GPA of 4.25. She attended college in the Houston area and changed her major twice (psychology, computer science, and finally criminal justice) before taking a leap of faith and dropping out to pursue a career in freelance writing.
Today, Katie writes for the Texas and Arizona pages of OnlyInYourState.com and has never been more passionate about a job before. Outside of work, you can likely find her curled up on the sofa with a hot cup of coffee, watching a crime TV show or scary movie.