Hatchling Releases

2009 Hatchling Release

Want to see a hatchling release on South Padre Island?

Public hatchling releases are held at 7:00 a.m. at County Beach Access 3 (approximately ½ mile north of Sea Turtle, Inc). Remember these dates are ESTIMATED… only the hatchlings can decide when they are ready to go!

All of the nests for the 2014 hatchling season have hatched and been released! 

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 hatchling 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 the Sea Turtle, Inc Hatchling Hotline AFTER 10pm. The recording will tell you when a public release is expected or planned. The recording will be updated from 5:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. to say a definite yes or no. If you cannot get through to our hotline, you can also check out  our Facebook page for any updates.

To receive text message and email invitations to our public hatchling releases, become a member!

Check out our photo gallery for more photos of hatchling releases.


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