Babies on board: Padre Island National Seashore reports multiple nesting sea turtle sightings

So far, officials say 9 Kemp ridley sea turtles have been spotted at Padre Island National Seashore and one on South Padre Island

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The windy conditions on Saturday guided 10 nesting Kemp’s ridley sea turtles to shore, Padre Island National Seashore officials say.

According to seashore officials, as of Saturday, nine nesting sea turtles were reported at Padre Island National Seashore and one on South Padre Island.

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If you happen to find a nesting Kemp’s ridley turtle or tracks, please stand back and let her nest undisturbed, officials say.

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Posted by Padre Island NS Division of Sea Turtle Science & Recovery on Saturday, May 8, 2021

“Immediately notify a passing turtle patroller and call (361) 949-8173, ext. 226, if you are on North Padre Island or call 1-866-TURTLE5 for elsewhere in Texas,” officials said.

Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are the smallest and most endangered sea turtles to exist, according to a report from the Associated Press. All six species of the turtle found in the U.S. are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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