By RAY QUIROGA
Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS
Last winter, the Valley suffered a freeze that put a strain on the local wildlife population, sea turtles included. To this day, Sea Turtle Inc., located on South Padre Island, is nursing some of those younger turtle that were caught in the freeze.
As one volunteer put it, “There was no winter,” referring to the mild winter of 2011-12. Partly due to the mild temperatures this year, turtle nesting season sprung up on the staff and volunteers at Sea Turtle Inc. (STI) a few weeks earlier than what was expected. Last week, four sea turtle nests were found on South Padre Island beaches, which means 2012 could be a record-setting year for local sea turtle hatchlings, as April and May is typically when female sea turtles swim ashore to lay approximately 100 eggs before heading back to sea.
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