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SEA TURTLE RELEASES & NESTING SEASON

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Public SEA TURTLE RELEASES

Public Hatchling Releases

Hatchling releases are an incredible opportunity to see endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles beginning their journey. 

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.

Releases are held during the season (June – August). Nature is unpredictable and we can’t predetermine the exact time hatchlings will emerge, though we can give roughly estimated date. These dates are published during the season on our nesting calendar. 

 Below are our frequently asked questions.

June through to August. 

We are not able to predetermine or schedule releases in advance.

Our nesting calendar can help provide estimates – the more nests we have hatching at one time, the more likely we are to have a public release.

Public hatchling releases will be announced through our Facebook account. 

A post will be made on our Facebook account on the morning of a release. We have two possible release times of 6:45 and 7:45 am. 

In the best interest of the hatchlings, we release as soon as nests hatch. The unpredictable timing of nature means we cannot predetermine release days and times.

It’s free, although spots are limited. Plan to arrive early.

No. Sea turtles are state and federally are protected. Only permitted individuals are allowed to handle sea turtles by law.

2024 Nesting Season

Nesting Calendar - Updated Every Monday starting in April 2024

Nesting & hatchling season is an exciting time for us at Sea Turtle, Inc. The 2024 nesting season officially kicks off on April 1st! Below, you will find resources to explain our role in nesting season and information on public sea turtle releases. 

Estimated Hatch Dates Explained

Our nesting calendar provides detailed information about our current nesting season. Here you can track the progress of nests, starting from the date a nest was laid to when the hatchlings were released.

 Kemp’s Ridley eggs incubate between 45-55 days from the date the nest was laid. We calculate our estimated hatch dates based on this time frame. It’s important to remember that nature can be unpredictable and environmental factors like temperature and weather can influence incubation periods. Our nesting calendar should be used only as a guide and does not guarantee a public hatchling release.

2024 Nesting calendar

Nest Number Date Laid # Of Eggs Laid Estimated Hatch Dates Hatch Date Hatchlings Released
1 4/21/24 92 June 5 - June 20 - -
2 4/22/24 127 June 6 - June 21
3 4/25/24 91 June 9 - June 24
4 5/1/24 84 June 15 - June 30
5 5/1/24 85 June 15 - June 30
6 5/1/24 118 June 15 - June 30
7 5/1/24 114 June 15 - June 30
8 5/1/24 92 June 15 - June 30
9 5/2/24 99 June 16 - July 1
10 5/2/24 115 June 16 - July 1
11 5/3/24 107 June 17 - July 2
12 5/3/24 70 June 17 - July 2
13 5/3/24 97 June 17 - July 2
14 5/6/24 82 June 20 - June 30
15 5/6/24 113 June 20 - June 30
16 5/6/24 100 June 20 - June 30
17 5/8/24 90 June 22 - July 2
18 5/10/24 101 June 24 - July 9
19 5/12/24 88 June 26 - July 11
20 5/12/24 117 June 26 - July 11
21 5/12/24 101 June 26 - July 11
22 5/13/24 113 June 27 - July 12
23 5/13/24 93 June 27 - July 12
24 5/13/24 89 June 27 - July 12
25 5/13/24 84 June 27 - July 12
26 5/13/24 104 June 27 - July 12
27 5/13/24 103 June 27 - July 12
28 5/13/24 81 June 27 - July 12
29 5/13/24 122 June 27 - July 12
30 5/13/24 104 June 27 - July 12
31 5/13/24 99 June 27 - July 12
32 5/13/24 77 June 27 - July 12
33 5/13/24 115 June 27 - July 12
34 5/13/24 88 June 27 - July 12
35 5/13/24 134 June 27 - July 12
36 5/13/24 104 June 27 - July 12
37 5/14/24 107 June 28 - July 13
38 5/15/24 125 June 29 - July 14
39 5/16/24 96 June 30 - July 15
40 5/16/24 81 June 30 - July 15
41 5/16/24 90 June 30 - July 15
42 5/16/24 95 June 30 - July 15
43 5/16/24 103 June 30 - July 15
44 5/16/24 75 June 30 - July 15
45 5/16/24 96 June 30 - July 15
46 5/16/24 119 June 30 - July 15
47 5/16/24 121 June 30 - July 15
48 5/16/24 106 June 30 - July 15
49 5/16/24 74 June 30 - July 15
50 5/16/24 113 June 30 - July 15
51 5/16/24 90 June 30 - July 15
52 5/16/24 85 June 30 - July 15
53 5/17/24 117 July 1 - July 16
54 5/17/24 108 July 1 - July 16
55 5/17/24 99 July 1 - July 16
56 5/21/24 88 July 5 - July 20
57 5/21/24 61 July 5 - July 20
58 5/21/24 121 July 5 - July 20
59 5/21/24 118 July 5 - July 20
60 5/21/24 95 July 5 - July 20
61 5/21/24 82 July 5 - July 20
62 5/21/24 75 July 5 - July 20
63 5/22/24 71 July 6 - July 21
64 5/22/24 99 July 6 - July 21
65 5/23/24 124 July 7 - July 22
66 5/23/24 81 July 7 - July 22
67 5/23/24