First Sea Turtle Release of 2009 Season

by Tamera H. Bennett

The first Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles found their way to the ocean on Saturday from the beach of South Padre Island. Great pictures are included with the article at Coastal Current Weekly.

Four different nests hatched in the early hours of Saturday, June 13.  One nest was released during the night and the other three were released right after sunrise on Saturday.  I am disappointed that we missed the release. We were still on the island.  When I last checked the Sea Turtle hotline, no releases were anticipated until Sunday.  Lesson learned…keep calling the hotline for info on releases.

The staff of Sea Turtle, Inc.  is expecting more releases in the coming days. Releases are open to the public and take place at County Beach Access No. 4. For more information call Sea Turtle Inc. at (956) 761-4511.


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