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!

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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.

Visit the Padre Island NPS website or Facebook page for more information.

Have you ever attended a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle release? If so, we’d love to hear all about your experience. Check out our previous article for another natural phenomenon to look out for this season: Keep Your Eyes Peeled, Thousands Of Hummingbirds Are Headed Right For Texas During Their Migration This Spring.

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