Even though the number of nests for Kemps ridley sea turtles on the Texas Coast was lower this year than last, once again hundreds of visitors went to Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) to witness hatchling releases at sunrise. For pictures and related current videos, see the Corpus Christi Caller-Times report at:http://www.caller.com/news/2010/jul/27/baby-steps-n-146-kemps-ridley-hatchlings-freed/.
Details of this seasons Texas nesting locations and numbers of nests can be found at:http://www.nps.gov/pais/naturescience/current-season.htm.
Also, maps for the paths traveled by six PAIS nesting females which were followed by satellite tracking this year are available by going to "Padre Island National Seashore Kemps Ridley Tracking-2010" at:http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking. Of special interest is the third map in this set which shows the path of Thelma, the Kemps ridley featured in a May 19 New York Times article by Leslie Kaufman.
Submitted by Venice Scheurich and Mina Williams, August 31, 2010
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