2017 Sea Turtle Nesting Season

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Sea turtle nesting season is from April to September of each year. Find out how many nests of each species have been found at Padre Island National Seashore this year.

 
A Styrofoam box full of sand. The sand sinking down at the top indicates the sea turtle eggs hidden under the sand are beginning to hatch.
Sea turtle eggs hatch underneath the sand over a period of 1-4 days, making it difficult to predict when they will be ready for release. The sand sinking down in this nest box indicates the eggs are in the process of hatching.

NPS Photo.

All public hatchling releases for the 2017 nesting season have occured. For answers to frequently asked questions and tips for increasing your chances of seeing a hatchling release next summer, check out our page on How to See a Sea Turtle Hatchling Release.
 
A nesting Kemp's ridley sea turtle on the beach at Padre Island.
A female Kemp's ridley sea turtle nesting on the beaches of Padre Island.

NPS photo.

Kemp's ridley nests found in Texas in 2017

Bolivar Peninsula 3
Galveston Island 5
Brazoria County, north of Surfside 0
Surfside Beach 3
Quintana Beach 1
Bryan Beach 0
Brazoria County, North of Sargent Beach 0
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 7 (area record)
Matagorda Island 0
San Jose Island 3
Mustang Island 11 (area record)
Corpus Christi Bay 0
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 8
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 219 (area record)
South Padre Island 70 (area record)
Boca Chica Beach 23 (area record)
Total* 353 (state record)

* Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Dr. Donna Shaver for further information.

 
Disturbed sand and tracks left by a loggerhead sea turtle that nested on Padre Island.
This large disturbed area and tracks were made when a loggerhead sea turtle nested on Padre Island.

NPS Photo.

Loggerhead nests found in Texas in 2017

Surfside Beach 1
San Jose Island 1
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 1
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 5
South Padre Island 1
Total* 9
* Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Dr. Donna Shaver for further information.
 
Tracks left on the beach by a nesting green sea turtle.
These tracks were left behind by a green sea turtle that nested on Padre Island.

NPS Photo.

Green nests found in Texas in 2017

North Padre Island, North of PAIS 0
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 22
South Padre Island 6
Total* 28
* Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Dr. Donna Shaver for further information.

Last updated: September 28, 2017

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