More jellyfish are being spotted near the shore at Padre Island today. Here’s what to do if you get stung.
Headed to Padre Island on Sunday? Officials say you might see more jellyfish than usual near the shore, which can end even the best beach days early. The Padre Island National Seashore issued a warning on social media on Sunday after park officials say they received several reports of jellyfish in the water. If you are stung, you... Posted by Padre Island National Seashore on Saturday, March 27, 2021If you are stung, park officials say you can get treatment at the visitor center. “Keep a bottle handy!”For more on visitor safety, visit the Padre Island National Seashore’s website here.
These fishing spots on the South Texas coast will be temporarily closed due to freezing weather
Bob Hall Pier is closed until further notice due to construction. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will temporarily close some saltwater fishing spots along the coast — including some on Padre Island and near Rockport, Fulton and Aransas Pass — due to freezing weather. The 21 fishing sites will close at midnight on Monday and stay closed until 11:59 p.m., TPWD said in a news release on Saturday. During that time, fishing will be off-limits in these areas in an effort to protect the wildlife and resources. You can get the very latest forecast anytime by bookmarking our weather page and downloading the KSAT Weather Authority App - available for both Apple and Android devices.
Migratory birds are back at Padre Island National Seashore... and so are their antics, officials say
Migratory birds are back at Padre Island Seashore and so are their “wild antics,” according to the Padre Island National Seashore officials. Despite the ‘unseasonably’ warm temperatures, migratory birds have started appearing at Padre Island, officials said Sunday. These birds include long-billed curlews, northern harriers, ospreys, great blue herons and redhead ducks, among others. Even though temperatures remain unseasonably warm, our migratory birds have started showing up. RELATED: Cannibalistic fish washes up on Padre Island National Seashore
Beware the blob! Thousands of moon jellyfish are washing up along the Padre Island seashore
Padre Island National Seashore officials announced on social media Friday that these jellyfish have been “washing up by the thousands," in the area. Moon Jellyfish have been washing up by the thousands at Padre Island National Seashore. According to Padre Island National Seashore officials, these jellyfish have been “washing up by the thousands." (Credit: Padre Island National Seashore ) (Padre Island National Seashore)These jellies can be found worldwide but are common in the Laguna Madre during the summer, PINS officials said. Mystery creature washes up on beach at Padre Island National Seashore
‘Crazy looking' sea hares are common on the Texas coast, but this is why you rarely see them
While they’re common in the Laguna Madre these “pretty cool” sea hares aren’t seen every day by beachgoers or anglers. It's a seahare, a type of sea slug that @TPWDfish found in the Laguna Madre pic.twitter.com/Hir2ONb93L — TX Parks & Wildlife (@TPWDnews) October 1, 2020There’s no doubt they’re “crazy looking,” but sea hares don’t cause harm. “The reason we come across sea hares in our work is due to the type of sampling method we use (a bag seine),” she said. “I have received multiple videos and photos of sea hares from our biologists in the field over the years. According to the Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine, sea hares stick to calm, shallow waters with a large amount of algae.
Well repairs off Padre Island coast halted due to approaching storm
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Repairs to a leaking gas well just off the Texas coast have been halted because of Tropical Storm Beta, according to the city of Corpus Christi. “Due to deteriorating weather conditions, offshore repairs are temporarily on hold on the Magellan E&P owned natural gas platform located near Bob Hall Pier on North Padre Island,” according to a news release from the city late Friday. There were no injuries and the city said air monitors have detected not contamination. The city said onshore work on the repairs will continue and offshore work will resume when National Weather Service forecasts indicates winds at the platform are 15 mph (24 kph) or less and waves are lower than six feet. Repairs to the well were delayed a week ago when the city said additional equipment was needed to replace a leaking valve and additional elements of the wellhead also needed repairs before the replacement could be completed.
Padre Island National Seashore closing South Beach ahead of tropical storm
SAN ANTONIO – Update: Vehicle access to North Beach has closed due to coastal flooding caused by Tropical Storm Beta. Driving accesses to both North and South beaches will be restored as soon as conditions allow. Bracing for flooding due to Tropical Depression 22, the Padre Island National Seashore will close its South Beach to visitors this weekend. South Beach will be closed to vehicles starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, the national seashore said in an email. The tropical depression developed in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday and may strengthen to tropical storm status.
Repair to well off Padre Island taking longer than expected
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Repairs to a natural gas well off the Texas coast that started leaking last week will take longer than expected, officials said. But the City of Corpus Christi said in a Tuesday evening news release that the company handling the repairs needs additional equipment to replace a leaking valve. In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard, natural gas is release from an oil platform approximately three miles offshore of Corpus Christi, Texas, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP) (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)The city said additional elements of the wellhead also need to be repaired before the replacement can be completed. Last month, four people were killed when a dredging vessel in the Port of Corpus Christi hit a submerged propane pipeline, causing an explosion.
Plume spews from natural gas well off Padre Island
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Efforts to stem a plume spewing Tuesday from an offshore natural gas well platform in Texas have been hampered by rough waters, but officials say the environmental impact has been minimal. “It’s not a big concern because it’s very light and usually natural gas just evaporates upon impact, so we’re not too concerned,” Reynolds said. In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard, natural gas is release from an oil platform approximately three miles offshore of Corpus Christi, Texas, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Witt O’Brien’s spokesman Sean Fitzgerald said they are working closely with the Coast Guard. He said they don’t yet know what caused the well to begin emitting the plume of natural gas, water and condensate.
Padre Island National Seashore to reopen this week following damage from Hurricane Hanna
SAN ANTONIO The majority of Padre Island National Seashore will reopen on Thursday after being closed due to damage from Hurricane Hanna. Both north and south beaches, as well as Malaquite Beach, the Bird Island Basin day-use area and boat ramp, will open at 6 a.m., according to the park. At this time, developed campgrounds at Malaquite and Bird Island Basin will remain closed. Primitive camping on both north and south beaches, however, will be allowed. The park says the dock at the Bird Island boat ramp is in the process of being rebuilt.
Thousands of Texans remain without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Hanna
Padre Island's Bob Hall Pier was closed after portions of the structure collapsed from damage due to Hurricane Hanna. Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times via REUTERSTwo days after Hurricane Hanna touched down in South Texas, thousands remained without power and communities were grappling with how to deal with the damage caused by flooding and strong winds. Hanna unleashed more than 15 inches of rain in parts of South Texas, resulting in serious flash flooding, according to The Washington Post. As of 1 p.m. Monday, American Electric Power Texas, one of the state's largest electric providers, reported more than 58,000 power outages in Corpus Christi, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. Boat owners survey the damage at Harbor Del Sol Marina the morning after Hurricane Hanna in Corpus Christi.
Beaches at Port Aransas, Padre Island, Corpus Christi closed to vehicles, curfew in place
Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales on Wednesday issued a new order that limits access and adds curfews at beaches within the county, which encompasses Port Aransas, Padre Island and Corpus Christi. Until 6 a.m. Aug. 1, unless extended or rescinded, vehicle access points will be closed at county beaches and parks, the order states. We need some help: Corpus Christi official asks tourists not to visit beaches amid COVID-19 surgePeople with physical disabilities or disabled veterans will be allowed to use golf carts on beaches. Canales made the plea to out-of-towners Monday during an interview with the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Corpus Christi has recorded 70 COVID-19 deaths and 7,532 total cases.
Vehicle flips at PINS after hitting log in heavy fog
PADRE ISLAND, Texas – Park rangers at Padre Island National Seashore are warning drivers to adhere to speed limits and drive cautiously after a vehicle flipped while driving on the beach. A Jeep, which appears to be new, flipped after the driver hit a half-buried log, according to a post on the PINS Facebook page. Watch alligator disappear as it swims into waves at Texas beach“This driver was traveling below the speed limit in heavy fog and didn’t see this half-buried log before the vehicle hit it,” the post says, in part. The photo shows a Jeep and a small log on the beach with a park ranger vehicle in the background. Nobody was hurt as a result of the accident, according to the post, but commenters are speculating the likelihood of a vehicle flipping when going 15 mph, which is the speed limit along the seashore.
Vigil planned for couple found dead at Texas beach
RUMNEY, N.H. - RUMNEY, N.H. (AP) - A vigil is planned in the hometown of a New Hampshire couple whose bodies were found buried in at a South Texas beach. READ MORE: 2 bodies found at Texas beach are New Hampshire coupleA deputy on Sunday located a woman's remains in a shallow grave on Padre Island, near Corpus Christi, the sheriff's office said. WMUR-TV reports that their family planned to hold a vigil on the Rumney Town Common at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The sheriff's office had announced last week that the Butlers were reported missing, along with their truck and RV. A vigil was held Saturday night at the site of where their bodies were found on Padre Island, Texas.
2 bodies found at Texas beach are New Hampshire couple
He had retired from the Navy in 2010 and "loved to joke around about everything," she said. He came back to Rumney, New Hampshire, after he retired when his mother was dying of cancer, van Loon said. He met Michelle then and they married in 2015, she said.chicagotribune.com