More Good News From Nest #1!

Above is Hang Ten, one of our resident sea turtles. Kat Lillie photo. Below is his mom, a tagged Kemp's ridley sea turtle that has nested on South Padre Island for the last 6 years. Joey Bauer photo.

Above is Hang Ten, one of our resident sea turtles. Kat Lillie photo. Below is his mom, a tagged Kemp's ridley sea turtle that has nested on South Padre Island for the last 6 years. Joey Bauer photo.

Friday’s Kemp’s ridley nest keeps bringing us good news. Not only was it the first nest in Texas for this season, and the mama had a tag, we just learned that this sea turtle is Hang Ten’s mama!!!

Above is Hang Ten, one of our resident sea turtles. Kat Lillie photo. Below is his mom, a tagged Kemp's ridley sea turtle that has nested on South Padre Island for the last 6 years. Joey Bauer photo.

Hang Ten is one of our resident sea turtles. He washed back ashore in 2009 as a hatchling. He had a specific birth defect, a malformed front flipper that looks like he is giving the hang ten surf sign, which is how he got his name. Due to this unique flipper, we recognized him from a hatchling release of nest 23.

Due to his birth defects, this little ridley could not be released back into the ocean and has been a resident at our facility ever since.

This recent news shows why tagging sea turtles is so important. Now we know for certain that she is a successful breeder, we know which nests she has laid, and what the hatch rate of each one was.

We cannot help but be over the moon with this news and hope it is a great omen for a successful and busy nesting season to come!