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.

 
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.
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. NPS Photo.
The 2018 public release season ended on Sunday August 5, 2018. Please check back in April, 2019 to check projected hatching release dates for next season. Note, not all hatchlings are released at public releases, and public releases do not occur daily. 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.
 
A female Kemp's ridley sea turtle nesting on the beaches of Padre Island National Seashore.
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 3
Brazoria County, north of Surfside 1
Surfside Beach 9
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) 123
South Padre Island 58
Boca Chica Beach 7
Total* 250
 
Large tracks and nest area are made when loggerhead sea turtle nest on the beach.
A large disturbed nest area and tracks are made when loggerhead sea turtles nested on Padre Island. NPS Photo.

Loggerhead nests found in Texas in 2018

Galveston Island 1
Matagorda Peninsula 1
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 0
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 3
South Padre Island 1
Total* 6
* Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Dr. Donna Shaver for further information.
 
Large disturbed nest areas and tracks are made when a green sea turtles nest on the beach.
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) 4
South Padre Island 0
Total* 5
* Data presented here are preliminary. Do not cite or quote without permission. Contact Dr. Donna Shaver for further information.

Last updated: September 27, 2018

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Corpus Christi, TX 78480

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