How to Report a Nesting Turtle
If you are walking or driving on the beach at Padre Island National Seashore, or elsewhere on the Texas coast, look for and report nesting Kemp's ridley turtles and Kemp's ridley tracks between April and mid-July. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are about two feet long and their tracks are about two feet wide.
Your assistance is greatly appreciated and could make all the difference in protecting these threatened and endangered turtles.
How to Report a Stranded Turtle
At Padre Island National Seashore sea turtles often strand. A stranded sea turtle is one that is found washed ashore or floating, alive or dead. If it is alive, it is generally in a weakened condition. It is important to watch for and report stranded sea turtles so that biologists can document them. Live sea turtles should only be on the beach if they are nesting, so all live turtles on the beach that are not nesting are either sick, injured, or cold stunned (in shock due to low water temperatures). It is very important to get the turtles to a rehabilitation facility as soon as possible to receive treatment, and hopefully recover to be released later. If you see a live sea turtle on the beach, please call the number below immediately and provide detailed location information.
Last updated: October 18, 2020