Current 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.

For answers to frequently asked questions and tips for increasing your chances of seeing a hatchling release this summer, check out our page on How to See a Sea Turtle Hatchling Release.






PROJECTED RELEASE DATES FOR KEMP’S RIDLEY SEA TURTLE NESTS HELD IN THE INCUBATION FACILITY AT PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE – 2018

Nest Number(s) Projected release sometime between
64, 67, 71, 72, 73, 76, 84, 85, 87 June 25-27
88, 89 June 25-June 28
90, 91, 92 June 26-June 29
93, 94, 95 June 27-June 30
96 June 28-July 1
97 June 29-July 2
99 July 1-4
100-102, 104-106, 108-110, 115-119 July 2-5
120, 122-125, 127-133, 138, 140-144, 148 July 3-6
149 July 11-14
150, 153 July 12-15
157, 158, 159, 162,163 July 14-17
166-173, 176-181, 183, 184, 189-193 July 15-18
194, 197, 198, 199, 200, 202 July 16-19
201 July 17-20
206 July 20-23
212, 215, 216, 217, 220 July 21-24
222 July 25-28
224-226, 228, 230-232 July 26-29
233, 235, 236, 237 July 27-30
238-242 Aug. 4-7
243 Aug. 6-9
244-246 Aug. 8-11

First public release is estimated to be between June 14-18. Note that not all clutches are released during the public releases, and public releases do not occur daily. 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.
 
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 2018

Bolivar Peninsula 0
Galveston Island 2
Brazoria County, north of Surfside 1
Surfside Beach 8
Quintana Beach 1
Bryan Beach 1
Brazoria County, North of Sargent Beach 1
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 7
Matagorda Island 0
San Jose Island 12
Mustang Island 14
Corpus Christi Bay 0
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 13
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 122
South Padre Island 58
Boca Chica Beach 7
Total* 247
 
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 2018

Galveston Island 1
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 0
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 1
South Padre Island 0
Total* 2
* 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 2018

North Padre Island, North of PAIS 1
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 0
South Padre Island 0
Total* 1
* Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Dr. Donna Shaver for further information.

Last updated: June 24, 2018

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