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Nesting Season for the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – Each year thousands of baby turtles hatch in South Padre Island.

But before they hatch, some are making the effort for the adult turtles, to lay their eggs on local beaches.

Nesting season for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea turtle is now underway. Conservationists are now patrolling the beaches in search of nesting grounds. Sea Turtle Inc. hosted a beach cleanup just in time for adult turtles to lay their eggs.

Jeff George – Executive Director – Sea Turtle Inc. said, “Not only is it aesthetically pleasing to see a beautiful beach, but mama likes a clean beach too, so she can appropriately drop her eggs.”

Sea Turtle Inc. tells us that the number of turtles released is steadily growing every year. However, of the thousands that get released, only a handful survive to become adults.