CONSERVATION

Nest conservation program

Every year, multiple species of sea turtles come ashore to lay eggs on the beaches of South Padre Island and Boca Chica Beach. The most common nesting female we encounter is the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii). The Kemp’s ridley is  critically endangered due to decades of egg harvesting in their primary nesting grounds of Rancho Nuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and mortality related to shrimp fisheries before the implementation of Turtle Excluder Devices (TED) . Today, there are multiple government agencies and non-profit organizations in both Mexico and the United States working towards saving this critically endangered species of sea turtle.

Since 1999, Sea Turtle, Inc. has participated in the bi-national efforts to protect the Kemp’s ridley and other species of sea turtles that come ashore to lay eggs. Between April 1 and August 15, our interns and volunteers conduct daily patrols in the 50 southernmost miles of Texas’ beaches looking for sea turtle nesting activity. If we encounter a nesting female, we carefully tag the turtle, take a biopsy sample, and collect morphometric data as a part of collaborative studies. Once the nesting female is safely back in the water, we excavate her eggs and relocate them to a hatchery for safe incubation. After a period of 45 to 55 days, hatchlings emerge from the nest cavities and we safely release them to the Gulf of Mexico under moonlight and away from city lights. When conditions allow, we hold public hatchling releases.

Conservation around the World

Sea Turtle, Inc. is a proud advocate of other sea turtle conservation programs around the world. This year, we have provided financial support to a sea turtle hospital in Glyfada, Greece and a sea turtle nesting project in the southern beaches of Sri Lanka.

We also created a partnership with the Universidad Michoacána de San Nicolas and the communities of Colola and Mexiquillo in Michoacán, Mexico. Every year, we take a small group of tourists to participate in conservation efforts for the pacific black sea turtle in Colola, Michoacan. The funds generated from these eco-tours are given back to those communities to continue conservation efforts to protect pacific black and leatherback sea turtles.

 

Sea Turtle Hatchling releases

Our number one priority is to make sure sea turtle hatchlings make it to the Gulf of Mexico as soon as they hatch. Generally, it happens right in the middle of the night. However, sometimes hatchlings emerge as the sun is rising, and we are able to hold a public  release. Your chance of seeing a public hatchling release increases when a lot of nests are expected to hatch at the same time. Look at the calendar below to see how many nests we have protected and the expected dates of hatching.

* Public Hatchling Releases will be announced the morning of at 6 a.m. No post will be made if no hatchling release is occurring that morning.  Please engage on our Facebook page for the latest information .

2022 Nesting Season Breakdown

Date Found
4/28/22

Number of Eggs

94

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 12 – June 22

Date Hatched

June 18

Number of Hatchlings released

92

 

Date Found
4/29/22

Number of Eggs

91

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 13 – June 23

Date Hatched

June 18

Number of Hatchlings released

71

Date Found
5/2/22

Number of Eggs

102

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 16 – June 26

 

Date Hatched

June 21

Number of Hatchlings released

81

Date Found
5/2/22

Number of Eggs

102

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 16 – June 26

 

Date Hatched

June 21

Number of Hatchlings released

99

Date Found
5/2/22

Number of Eggs

123

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 16 – June 26

Date Hatched

June 19

Number of Hatchlings released

122

Date Found
5/2/22

Number of Eggs

94

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 16 – June 26

Date Hatched

June 21

Number of Hatchlings released

88

Date Found
5/2/22

Number of Eggs

87

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 16 – June 26

Date Hatched

June 20

Number of Hatchlings released

68

Date Found
5/2/22

Number of Eggs

111

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 16 – June 26

Date Hatched

June 21

Number of Hatchlings released

107

Date Found
5/4/22

Number of Eggs

123

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 18 – June 28

Date Hatched

June 21

Number of Hatchlings released

116

Date Found
5/4/22

Number of Eggs

93

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 18 – June 28

Date Hatched

June 21

Number of Hatchlings released

58

Date Found
5/12/22

Number of Eggs

91

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 26 – July 6

Date Hatched

June 29

Number of Hatchlings released

87

Date Found
5/12/22

Number of Eggs

94

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 26 – July 6

Date Hatched

June 28

Number of Hatchlings released

89

Date Found
5/12/22

Number of Eggs

95

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 26 – July 6

Date Hatched

June 28

Number of Hatchlings released

88

Date Found
5/13/22

Number of Eggs

105

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 27 – July 7

Date Hatched

June 29

Number of Hatchlings released

71

Date Found
5/13/22

Number of Eggs

87

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 27 – July 7

Date Hatched

June 30

Number of Hatchlings released

78

Date Found
5/13/22

Number of Eggs

93

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 27 – July 7

Date Hatched

 

Number of Hatchlings released

 

 

Date Found
5/13/22

Number of Eggs

94

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 27 – July 7

Date Hatched

July 1

Number of Hatchlings released

26

Date Found
5/13/22

Number of Eggs

95

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 27 – July 7

Date Hatched

June 28

Number of Hatchlings released

73

Date Found
5/13/22

Number of Eggs

102

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 27 – July 7

Date Hatched

July 1

Number of Hatchlings released

81

Date Found
5/13/22

Number of Eggs

119

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 27 – July 7

Date Hatched

July 1

Number of Hatchlings released

112

Date Found
5/14/22

Number of Eggs

99

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 28 – July 8

Date Hatched

July 1

Number of Hatchlings released

89

Date Found
5/17/22

Number of Eggs

93

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 1 – July 11

Date Hatched

July 5

Number of Hatchlings released

86

Date Found
5/20/22

Number of Eggs

98

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 4 – July 14

Date Hatched

July 6

Number of Hatchlings released

95

Date Found
5/20/22

Number of Eggs

83

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 4 – July 14

Date Hatched

July 7

Number of Hatchlings released

63

Date Found
5/20/22

Number of Eggs

18

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 4 – July 14

Date Hatched

July 10

Number of Hatchlings released

17

Date Found
5/20/22

Number of Eggs

111

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 4 – July 14

Date Hatched

July 7

Number of Hatchlings released

103

Date Found
5/20/22

Number of Eggs

109

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 4 – July 14

Date Hatched

July 6

Number of Hatchlings released

95

Date Found
5/20/22

Number of Eggs

58

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 4 – July 14

Date Hatched

July 8

Number of Hatchlings released

59

Date Found
5/20/22

Number of Eggs

95

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 4 – July 14

Date Hatched

July 6

Number of Hatchlings released

89

Date Found
5/21/22

Number of Eggs

82

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 5 – July 15

Date Hatched

July 10

Number of Hatchlings released

73

 

Date Found
5/22/22

Number of Eggs

86

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 6 – July 16

Date Hatched

July 8

Number of Hatchlings released

83

Date Found
5/22/22

Number of Eggs

108

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 6 – July 16

Date Hatched

July 9

Number of Hatchlings released

105

Date Found
5/22/22

Number of Eggs

81

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 6 – July 16

Date Hatched

July 9

Number of Hatchlings released

69

Date Found
5/22/22

Number of Eggs

91

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 6 – July 16

Date Hatched

July 9

Number of Hatchlings released

79

 

Date Found
5/22/22

Number of Eggs

122

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 6 – July 16

Date Hatched

July 9

Number of Hatchlings released

119

Date Found
5/23/22

Number of Eggs

70

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 7 – July 17

Date Hatched

July 9

Number of Hatchlings released

66

Date Found
5/24/22

Number of Eggs

118

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 8 – July 18

Date Hatched

July 9

Number of Hatchlings released

101

Date Found
5/24/22

Number of Eggs

110

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 8 – July 18

Date Hatched

July 10

Number of Hatchlings released

106

Date Found
5/24/22

Number of Eggs

102

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 8 – July 18

Date Hatched

July 9

Number of Hatchlings released

90

Date Found
5/24/22

Number of Eggs

81

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 8 – July 18

Date Hatched

July 8

Number of Hatchlings released

67

Date Found
5/24/22

Number of Eggs

82

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 8 – July 18

Date Hatched

July 10

Number of Hatchlings released

68

Date Found
5/24/22

Number of Eggs

116

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 8 – July 18

Date Hatched

July 10

Number of Hatchlings released

112

Date Found
5/24/22

Number of Eggs

101

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 8 – July 18

Date Hatched

July 11

Number of Hatchlings released

97

Date Found
5/24/22

Number of Eggs

101

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 8 – July 18

Date Hatched

July 10

Number of Hatchlings released

97

 

Date Found
5/24/22

Number of Eggs

119

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 8 – July 18

Date Hatched

July 9

Number of Hatchlings released

115

Date Found
5/24/22

Number of Eggs

97

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 8 – July 18

Date Hatched

July 9

Number of Hatchlings released

88

Date Found
5/25/22

Number of Eggs

80

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 9 – July 19

Date Hatched

July 10

Number of Hatchlings released

59

Date Found
5/25/22

Number of Eggs

111

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 9 – July 19

Date Hatched

July 11

Number of Hatchlings released

108

Date Found
5/29/22

Number of Eggs

70

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 13 – July 23

Date Hatched 
July 14

Number of Hatchlings released

54

Date Found
5/29/22

Number of Eggs

124

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 13 – July 23

 

Date Hatched

July 14

Number of Hatchlings released

115

Date Found
5/29/22

Number of Eggs

94

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 13 – July 23

Date Hatched

July 13

Number of Hatchlings released

76

Date Found
5/29/22

Number of Eggs

96

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 13 – July 23

Date Hatched

July 13

Number of Hatchlings released

92

Date Found
5/29/22

Number of Eggs

102

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 13 – July 23

Date Hatched

July 14

Number of Hatchlings released

101

Date Found
5/29/22

Number of Eggs

100

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 13 – July 23

Date Hatched

July 15

Number of Hatchlings released

76

Date Found
5/29/22

Number of Eggs

102

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 13 – July 23

Date Hatched

July 14

Number of Hatchlings released

59

Date Found
6/1/22

Number of Eggs

108

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 16 – July 26

Date Hatched

July 18

Number of Hatchlings released

105

Date Found
6/5/22

Number of Eggs

88

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 20 – July 30

Date Hatched

July 23

Number of Hatchlings released

80

Date Found
6/5/22

Number of Eggs

91

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 20 – July 30

Date Hatched

July 21 

Number of Hatchlings released

58

Date Found
6/5/22

Number of Eggs

99

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 20 – July 30

Date Hatched

July 25

Number of Hatchlings released

0 – No hatching from this nest

Date Found
6/5/22

Number of Eggs

118

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 20 – July 30

Date Hatched

July 23

Number of Hatchlings released

66

Date Found
6/5/22

Number of Eggs

101

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 20 – July 30

Date Hatched

July 22

Number of Hatchlings released

90

Date Found
6/5/22

Number of Eggs

109

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 20 – July 30

Date Hatched

July 22

Number of Hatchlings released

102

Date Found
6/5/22

Number of Eggs

80

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 20 – July 30

Date Hatched

July 22

Number of Hatchlings released

69

Date Found
6/5/22

Number of Eggs

103

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 20 – July 30

Date Hatched

July 24

Number of Hatchlings released

77

Date Found
6/5/22

Number of Eggs

99

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 20 – July 30

Date Hatched

July 23

Number of Hatchlings released

36

Date Found
6/5/22

Number of Eggs

92

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 20 – July 30

Date Hatched

July 21

Number of Hatchlings released

83

Date Found
6/6/22

Number of Eggs

86

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 21 – July 31

Date Hatched

July 21

Number of Hatchlings released

80

Date Found
6/6/22

Number of Eggs

97

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 21 – July 31

Date Hatched

July 21

Number of Hatchlings released

90

Date Found
6/6/22

Number of Eggs

102

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 21 – July 31

Date Hatched

July 21

Number of Hatchlings released

88

Date Found
6/6/22

Number of Eggs

93

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 21 – July 31

Date Found
6/6/22

Number of Eggs

69

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 21 – July 31

Date Hatched

July 25

Number of Hatchlings released

54

Date Found
6/11/22

Number of Eggs

86

Estimated Hatching Dates

July 26 – August 5

Date Found
5/4/22

Number of Eggs

97

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 18 – June 28

Date Hatched

June 22

Number of Hatchlings released

95

Date Found
6/22/2022

Number of Eggs

66

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 6 – August 16

Date Found
6/23/2022

Number of Eggs

129

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 7 – August 17

Date Found
6/23/2022

Number of Eggs

90

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 7 – August 17

Date Found
5/2/2022

Number of Eggs

105

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 16 – June 26

Date Hatched

July 11

Number of Hatchlings released

108

Date Found
5/2/2022

Number of Eggs

111

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 16 – June 26

Date Hatched

June 23

Number of Hatchlings released

108

Date Found
6/24/2022

Number of Eggs

104

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 8 – August 18

Date Found
6/24/2022

Number of Eggs

116

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 8 – August 18

Date Found
6/24/2022

Number of Eggs

95

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 8 – August 18

Date Found
6/24/2022

Number of Eggs

82

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 8 – August 18

Date Found
6/24/2022

Number of Eggs

108

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 8 – August 18

Date Found
6/24/2022

Number of Eggs

71

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 8 – August 18

Date Found
6/27/2022

Number of Eggs

79

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 11 – August 21

Date Found
6/28/2022

Number of Eggs

99

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 12 – August 22

Date Found
6/29/2022

Number of Eggs

71

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 13 – August 23

Date Found
6/29/2022

Number of Eggs

104

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 13 – August 23

Date Found
6/29/2022

Number of Eggs

100

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 13 – August 23

Date Found
6/29/2022

Number of Eggs

105

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 13 – August 23

Date Found
7/1/2022

Number of Eggs

98

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 15 – August 25

Date Found
5/2/2022

Number of Eggs

81

Estimated Hatching Dates

June 16 – June 26

Date Hatched

June 28

Number of Hatchlings released

0

Date Found
6/28/2022

Number of Eggs

99

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 12 – August 22

Date Found
7/13/2022

Number of Eggs

112

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 27 – September 6

Date Found
7/14/2022

Number of Eggs

84

Estimated Hatching Dates

August 28 – September 7

Date Found
7/21/2022

Number of Eggs

154

 

Date Found
7/21/2022

Number of Eggs

117

 

Break down of our final 2021 nesting season

0
Hours patrolled
0
Kemp's ridley nests found
0
Hatchlings released
0
Miles patrolled
0
Loggerhead nests found
0
Loggerhead hatchlings released
0
Public Sunrise Releases
0
Leatherback nests found
0
Atlantic green hatchlings released

Later this year, we are going to completely renovate and expand our hospital. When it is completed in 2022, our new veterinary clinic will include a surgical suite, treatment area, a lead-lined x-ray room, and a blood work station. There will be a ground-to-ceiling viewing window into our treatment room/surgical suite which will allow for our visitors to watch treatments and procedures. Mark your calendars for summer 2022 to come check out our new hospital!

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