Current Sea Turtle Nesting Season

A styrofoam box filled with sand.  The sand surface has small curved cracks in it.
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 indicates the eggs are in the process of hatching.

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2022 Nesting Season

The 2022 Kemp’s ridley nesting season has started! When the eggs begin hatching, public releases will be held. For information about public hatching releases, please call the Hatchling Hotline at 361-949-7163. (Please note that not all hatchling releases are public and public releases do not occur every day.) 

 

 
A Kemp's ridley sea turtle nesting in the sand next to green vegetation with the ocean in the background.
A female Kemp's ridley sea turtle nesting on the beaches of Padre Island National Seashore.

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Kemp's ridley nests found in Texas in 2022

Bolivar Peninsula 3
Galveston Island 4
Brazoria County, north of Surfside 4
Surfside Beach 0
Quintana Beach 1
Bryan Beach 0
Brazoria County, North of Sargent Beach 0
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 4
Magnolia Beach 1
San Jose Island 8
Mustang Island 14
Corpus Christi Bay 0
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 16
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 132
South Padre Island 78
Boca Chica Beach 18
Total* 283
 
Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling on the beach next to green vegetation with a UTV and the ocean in the background.
A loggerhead sea turtle nesting at Padre Island National Seashore.

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Loggerhead nests found in Texas in 2022

Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 1
Boca Chica Beach 1
Matagorda Peninsula 0
Mustang Island 0
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 0
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 2
South Padre Island 1
Total* 5
 
A green sea turtle nesting at the base of sand dunes in the early morning.
A green sea turtle nesting at the base of the dunes at Padre Island National Seashore.

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Green nests found in Texas in 2022

Mustang Island 1
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 8
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 20
South Padre Island 5
Total* 34

 

Last updated: September 6, 2022

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi , TX 78480

Phone:

361 949-8068
This is the primary phone number for the Malaquite Visitor Center at Padre Island National Seashore.

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