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State of Texas
Padre Island National Seashore
News Release
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Padre Island National Seashore looking for help from the public
with late summer sea turtle nesting season

Corpus Christi, Texas - Due to the great efforts from many federal, state, and local communities the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is starting to make a comeback to the Texas coast. But now, we have great news for other sea turtle species.

Due to conservation efforts across the entire Gulf of Mexico Loggerhead and Green sea turtles are increasing their number of nests on the Texas coast and especially on the beaches of Padre Island National Seashore. For the Kemp’s ridley the nesting and release seasons are over, however the nesting for Loggerhead and Green sea turtles will continue through mid-September. The nesting behavior is very different for these two species than the Kemp’s ridley. Here are the differences that you need to know in order to help these nesting mothers:

  1.  Nesting females come ashore almost exclusively at night and may be on the beach for 2 hours or more during nesting.  

  2. Approaching these turtles or shining white lights on these turtles can frighten them and cause them to abandon nesting, so please stay back from the turtle and do not shine lights on her.

  3. Report your observation by calling (361) 949-8173, ext. 226.

  4.  These large turtles may weigh 300 pounds or more and crawl slowly on the land. They cannot move quickly to avoid an approaching vehicle.

  5. Collision with a vehicle could harm both the turtle and the vehicle operator, so please drive carefully and adhere to posted speed limits.

To learn more about the sea turtles of the Gulf of Mexico check out this link:

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