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Endangered sea turtle nest found at Galveston Island State Park for the first time in a decade

The nest contained more than one hundred eggs laid by a Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle -- one of the most endangered sea turtle species in the world.

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The nest contained more than one hundred eggs laid by a Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle – one of the most endangered sea turtle species in the world.

Highlights

  • The nest contained more than one hundred eggs laid by a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle.
  • Kemp’s is one of the most endangered sea turtle species in the world.
  • The species was almost lost in the 1980s until intensive conservation efforts were implemented on nesting beaches and through fisheries management.
  • Bycatch — the intentional capture of non-target species while fishing — continues to be the biggest threat to the species.
  • The typical nesting season for the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles runs between April 1 and July 15, expert says.
  • Anyone who finds a nest to stay at least 60 feet away and to call the Sea Turtle hotline at 1-866-TURTLE-5.