Nest Activity

 

ALL HATCHLINGS HAVE BEEN RELEASED FOR THE 2018 SEASON!!

NO MORE RELEASES FOR THIS YEAR!

South Padre Island is part of the only nesting beach in the world for the critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle. Sea Turtle, Inc. runs the conservation efforts for the Kemp's ridley on the South Padre Island & Boca Chica beaches annually. The nesting season typically begins in Early April and continues into August. We offer public releases of hatchlings mostly in the months of June, July & August. Below is a chart that is updated during the nesting season.

 

ALL HATCHLINGS HAVE BEEN RELEASED FOR THE 2018 SEASON!!

NO MORE RELEASES FOR THIS YEAR!

 


 

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Nesting Activity for Current and Past Seasons

 

2018 Nesting Season

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2017 Nesting Season

 

2017 Nesting Season

March 30, 2017 Earliest recorded nest ever found in Texas!!
May 15, 2017 The largest Kemp's ridley nest was found with 132 eggs!
May 26, 2017 The first nest hatched and was released.
Aug 31, 2017 Last hatchlings were released
Grand Totals: Number of Nests found: 100 (An SPI record!!)
Number of eggs laid: 9244
Number of hatchlings released: 7865
Hatching Success Rate: 85.0%
93 nests were laid by Kemp's ridleys, 6 green, 1  loggerhead

 

2016 Nesting Season

2016 Nesting Season

April 22, 2016 First nest was found on South Padre Island
May 26, 2016 The largest Kemp's ridley nest was found with 127 eggs!
June 13, 2016 The first nest hatched and was released.
Aug 15, 2016 Last hatchlings were released
Grand Totals: Number of Nests found: 73
Number of eggs laid: 6774
Number of hatchlings released: 5741
Hatching Success Rate: 85.9%
72 nests were laid by Kemp's ridleys, 1  loggerhead

 

2015 Nesting Season

2015 Nesting Season

April 24, 2015 First nest was found on South Padre Island
April 28, 2015 The largest Kemp's ridley nest was found with 119 eggs!
June 21, 2015 The first nest hatched and was released.
Aug 3, 2015 Last hatchlings were released
Grand Totals: Number of Nests found: 36
Number of eggs laid: 3259
Number of hatchlings released: 2489
Hatching Success Rate: 76.4%
34 nests were laid by Kemp's Ridleys, 2 were loggerhead

 

2014 Nesting Season