Turtle Twist: Amidst Kemp’s ridley nesting season, loggerhead turtle found on Island

PRESS Staff Report

File photo courtesy Kat Lillie, Sea Turtle, Inc.

File photo courtesy Kat Lillie, Sea Turtle, Inc.


A loggerhead sea turtle nest was discovered on Sunday, June 7 containing 111 eggs. Sea Turtle, Inc. estimates that the eggs should hatch sometime in July. Though the Laguna Madre is a popular nesting spot for the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, it’s rare for a loggerhead to make her nest here since they prefer the Atlantic coast states. This is only the sixth loggerhead nest on the Island in the last decade, and the first since 2013. The loggerhead nest brings the total number of sea turtle nests found so far this season to 30.

The season is expected to continue for at least a couple more weeks, said a representative from Sea Turtle, Inc.

The first Kemp’s ridley nest is expected to hatch sometime this coming week.

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Photo courtesy Sea Turtle, Inc.

Sea Turtle, Inc. would also like to remind beach visitors to report any nesting sea turtles they may see by calling (956)761-4511.


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