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Witness Baby Sea Turtles Being Release Into The Wild On North Padre Island

 

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#3  Witness Baby Sea Turtles Being Release On North Padre Island


Padre Island National Seashore is a U.S. state park and is a barrier island which runs for 70 miles off of the Texas coast. The north side is best accessed from Corpus Christi—it is about a 20-minute drive from the city on Park Road 22 East. This north part of the island is a nature-lover’s paradise.

Sea turtle hatchlings at Padre Islands National Seashore

Would you like to watch newly hatched sea turtles get released into the wild?

When and where can I see a hatchling release?

Hatchling releases typically occur from mid-June through August. The baby turtles releases that are open to the public take place at 6:45 a.m. on Malaquite Beach in front of the Visitor Center at Padre Island National Seashore on North Padre Island in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Release Baby Sea Turtles to Ocean on Padre

Release Baby Sea Turtles on Padre

Releasing Baby Sea Turtles on Padre Texas

The saying might be “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” but in this case Texans delight in something pretty darn small: endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle hatchlings heading into Gulf waters off the Padre Island National Seashore after a protected incubation.

Your chances of seeing a sea turtle hatchling release are best when several nests are due to hatch at about the same time. If you can, plan to visit over a period of several days when multiple nests are due to hatch.

Visitors can stay at a cozy accommodation in town or pack up the supplies and camp out on the beach.

Kemp ridley sea turtle hatchling release on Padre

Baby Sea Turtles releasing into ocean

Kemp ridley sea turtle hatchlings releasing into the ocean

More Fun In North Padre

The release of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles is a fun activity, but there is plenty more to enjoy while visiting North Padre.

  • Bird watching in Bird Island Basin.
  • Collect interesting looking shells (free souvenirs) from several beaches in North Padre.
  • Spend the day playing in the waves and building sand castles
  • Enjoy one of the daily programs offered by the Park Rangers at the Malaquite Visitor Center—all ideal activities for an active family with children.

 

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