Want to see a hatchling release on South Padre Island?
Public hatchling releases are held at 6:30 am at County Beach Access 3 (approx ½ mile north of Sea Turtle, Inc). Estimated hatching dates of 2012 nests are published here. Remember these dates are ESTIMATED… only the hatchlings can decide when they are ready to go!
How to see a Public Hatchling Release.
Not all hatchlings are released during public releases. Hatchlings can only be released when they are in an active state (also known as a frenzy). When the hatchlings frenzy in the middle of the night, the hatchlings will be released up the beach by trained staff members. These releases are not open to the public. Public releases will be held when hatchlings frenzy in the early hours of the morning. If you are coming to town specifically to see a hatching release, please select a range of dates where several nests are due to hatch. This will increase your chances of seeing an early morning release.
To find out if there will be an early morning release, please call Sea Turtle, Inc Hatchling Hotline AFTER 10pm. This recording will tell you the likelihood of a release. The recording will be updated from 5:30-6am to say a definite yes or no. If you cannot get through to our hotline, you can also check out our facebook site for an update.
To receive automatic text message invitations to our public hatchling releases, you may purchase a membership with our organization.
Check out our photo gallery for more photos of hatchling releases.