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 this year and a table of projected hatch dates for nests held in our incubation facility here....

 
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.

2017 Projected Hatch Dates for Kemp's Ridley Nests Held in the Incubation Facility at Padre Island National Seashore
Keep in mind, these are only estimations. The hatching process is largely unpredictable and can take 1-4 days. Hatchling releases do NOT occur daily, and not all hatchlings are released during public releases. Hatchlings are released when they become active. When this occurs unexpectedly or in the middle of the night, the public cannot be invited to the release. Due to these factors, it is much more likely that a public release will be held on a day when several clutches are due to hatch and be released at the same time.

Call the Hatchling Hotline at 361-949-7163, or check the Sea Turtle Program Facebook Page or the Park Facebook Page, for the most updated information on public hatchling releases. For answers to frequently asked questions and tips for increasing your chances of seeing a hatchling release, check out our page on How to See a Sea Turtle Hatchling Release.
Nest number(s) Projected to Hatch Sometime Between
303, 304, 305 July 21 - 24
307 July 22 - 25
309 July 25 - 28
310-314, 316, 317, 319-323 July 26 - 29
324-326 July 27 - 30
327, 328 July 28 - 31
329, 330, 332-340 July 29 - Aug. 1
341, 343 July 30 - Aug. 2
344, 345 Aug. 2 - 5
347 Aug. 7 - 10
349 Aug. 14 - 17
 
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) 218 (area record)
South Padre Island 70 (area record)
Boca Chica Beach 23 (area record)
Total* 352 (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) 4
South Padre Island 1
Total* 8
* 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) 10
South Padre Island 3
Total* 13
* Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Dr. Donna Shaver for further information.

Last updated: July 19, 2017

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Corpus Christi, TX 78480

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