Posted 8/5/2013: It's a record year for green and loggerhead sea turtles! While Kemp's ridley sea turtles are the primary species that nest on Padre Island, green and loggerhead sea turtles also nest here in low numbers from June to mid-September. A total of 14 loggerhead nests, including 12 at Padre Island National Seashore, have been found in Texas so far this year. A total of 11 green sea turtle nests, all at Padre Island National Seashore, have been found in Texas so far this year. These are new state records! And with over a month left in their nesting seasons, hopefully even more nests will be found.
Sea turtle nesting is underway! The number and locations of Kemp's ridley nests found so far this year include:
Please note these data are only preliminary.
Each year some lucky beachgoers actually get to see a sea turtle nesting! If you see one, don't rush up to her or she may not lay eggs. Stay at a distance and let her nest undisturbed. Try to take photos or videos if possible. Look to see if she has any tags and write down the number. After she has finished nesting, let her return to the sea and don't stand in front of her or disturb her. Put a distinct marker just to the side of the spot where she nested. Report all information to a turtle patroller, park ranger, or other beach official, or call 361-949-8173 extension 226.
Information on nests that are found, including projected hatch dates, will be posted on the park website. You can also check the park's Facebook pages, "Padre Island National Seashore" and "Padre Island NS Division of Sea Turtle Science & Recovery" for updated information. Once nests are found, call the park's Hatchling Hotline at 361-949-7163 for information on projected hatchling releases.
Programs offered at Padre Island National Seashore for June 1 - September 2, 2013:
Programs may be subject to change. For more information, call the Malaquite Visitor Center at 361-949-8068.
Our own Dr. Donna Shaver, Chief of the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery, has been honored with the 2012 National Park Service Excellence in Natural Resource Research Award! Read more about the award and Dr. Shaver's accomplishments by clicking on this link:
What's the Best Way to Stay Connected?
Click here for Padre Island National Seashore's main Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Padre-Island-National-Seashore/137276362992142
Click here for Division of Sea Turtle Science & Recovery's Facebook page.
Did You Know?
The wreck of three Spanish ships near the southern end of Padre Island in 1554 was the greatest disaster to hit the Spanish fleet in the New World up to that time. More...