Galveston, Texas (May 8, 2014) – Turtle Island Restoration Network will be celebrating the first anniversary of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle being named the Texas’s state sea turtle with a Shell-e-bration on Saturday, May 10 at Stewart Beach Park.

As part of Turtle Island’s Shell-e-bration event the National Marine Fisheries Service will be releasing two juvenile Kemps ridley sea turtles at 2 pm.  Lyndsey Howell, Research Fishery Biologist with NOAA/NMFS, will give a short talk prior to the release.

WHO: Turtle Island Restoration Network and National Marine Fisheries Service

WHAT: Sea Turtle Release at Turtle Island’s ‘Shell-e-bration’ event in honor of the first anniversary of the Kemp’s Ridley being named Texas’s state sea turtle.

This free, family event is an outdoor festival featuring a variety of turtle and marine-related activities, exhibits and crafts. Learn more here.

WHERE: Stewart Beach Park, 201 Seawall Blvd. Galveston, Texas
(In front of the pavilion). An area will be coned off so the public can view the release.

WHEN: 2 pm, tomorrow, May 10th

WHY: To raise awareness about the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles.

Click here to find out more about the Shell-e-bration event.