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Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Count on the Texas Coast

Daily nesting reports direct from the Texas Coast and Padre Island National Seashore!

Three endangered sea turtle species – the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley, loggerhead and green – return to the beaches of Texas and Mexico in April, May and June every year to lay their nests. Watch this page for daily updates direct from Turtle Island Restoration Network Gulf Program Director Joanie Steinhaus and from sea turtle biologist Dr. Donna Shaver of Padre Island National Seashore.

If you see a sea turtle, tracks or hatchlings on the beach immediately call 1-866-TURTLE-5 (1-866-877-8535) 

KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 190 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

Location Found (north to south) Number of nests
Bolivar Peninsula 3
Galveston Island 4
Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 0
Surfside Beach 6
Quintana Beach 0
Bryan Beach 0
Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 0
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 3
Matagorda Island 0
San Jose Island 2
Mustang Island 8
North Padre Island & Padre Island National Seashore 117
South Padre Island 41
Boca Chica Beach 6
Total 190

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
So far this year, 7 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

1 San Jose Island

4 North Padre Island, including 3 at Padre Island National Seashore

2 South Padre Island

GREEN TURTLE
So far this year, 2 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

2 Padre Island National Seashore


Sea turtle nests documented on the Texas coast during 2018

KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 62 Kemp’s ridley nests has been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

Location Found (north to south) Number of nests
Bolivar Peninsula 0
Galveston Island 0
Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 0
Surfside Beach 0
Quintana Beach 0
Bryan Beach 0
Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 0
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 0
Matagorda Island 0
San Jose Island 2
Mustang Island 2
North Padre Island & Padre Island National Seashore 35
South Padre Island 21
Boca Chica Beach 2
Total 62

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE


So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):
0 Surfside Beach
0 San Jose Island
0 North Padre Island, north of Padre Island National Seashore
0 Padre Island National Seashore
0 South Padre Island

GREEN SEA TURTLE


So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):
0 Padre Island National Seashore (area record)
0 South Padre Island (area record)

Updates regarding nesting are also posted at the Padre Island National Seashore website: www.nps.gov/pais


Sea turtle nests documented on the Texas coast during 2017

In the 2017 season, 353 nests have been documented on the Texas coast.

KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLE
So far this year, 353 Kemp’s ridley nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

Location Found (north to south) Number of nests
Bolivar Peninsula 3
Galveston Island 5
Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 0
Surfside Beach 3
Quintana Beach 1
Bryan Beach 0
Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 0
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 7 (area record)
Matagorda Island 0
San Jose Island 3
Mustang Island 11 (area record)
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 8
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 219 (area record)
South Padre Island 70 (area record)
Boca Chica Beach 23 (area record)
Total 353

LOGGERHEAD TURTLE


So far this year, 9 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):
1 Surfside Beach
1 San Jose Island
1 North Padre Island, north of Padre Island National Seashore
5 Padre Island National Seashore
1 South Padre Island

GREEN SEA TURTLE


So far this year, 28 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):
22 Padre Island National Seashore (area record)
6 South Padre Island (area record)


Sea turtle nests documented on the Texas coast during 2016

KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLE

Location Found (north to south) Number of nests
Bolivar Peninsula 0
Galveston Island 0
Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 0
Surfside Beach 4
Quintana Beach 1
Bryan Beach 0
Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 0
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 2
Matagorda Island 0
San Jose Island 1
Mustang Island 6
Corpus Christi Bay 0
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 10
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 89
South Padre Island 63
Boca Chica Beach 9
Total 185

Loggerhead Sea Turtle
So far this year, 5 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state): 3 Matagorda Peninsula, 1 Padre Island National Seashore, 1 South Padre Island.


Sea turtle nests documented on the Texas coast during 2015

KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLE

Location Found (north to south) Number of nests
Bolivar Peninsula 5
Galveston Island 3
Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 1
Surfside Beach 1
Quintana Beach 1
Bryan Beach 2
Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 0
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 3
Matagorda Island 0
San Jose Island 0
Mustang Island 3
Corpus Christi Bay 0
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 5
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 101
South Padre Island 34
Boca Chica Beach 0
Total 159

Green Sea Turtles
2 nest has been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state): 1 North Padre Island, including 1 at Padre Island National Seashore.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle
3 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state): 2 North Padre Island, including 2 at Padre Island National Seashore, 1 South Padre Island


Sea turtle nests documented on the Texas coast during 2014

KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLE

Location Found (north to south) Number of nests
Bolivar Peninsula 1
Galveston Island 1
Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 0
Surfside Beach 1
Quintana Beach 0
Bryan Beach 0
Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 0
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 1
Matagorda Island 4
San Jose Island 0
Mustang Island 5
Corpus Christi Bay 0
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 9
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 72
South Padre Island 21
Boca Chica Beach 2
Total 118

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nest Update:
1 nest has been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

1 North Padre Island, including 1 at Padre Island National Seashore.


Sea turtle nests documented on the Texas coast during 2017

KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLE
Today, 14 Kemp’s ridley nests were found in Texas, including 9 at Padre Island National Seashore and 5 on South Padre Island.

So far this year, 137 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

Location Found (north to south) Number of nests
Bolivar Peninsula 1
Galveston Island 3
Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 0
Surfside Beach 0
Quintana Beach 0
Bryan Beach 0
Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 0
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 1
Matagorda Island 0
San Jose Island 1
Mustang Island 5
xxx Corpus Christi Bay 0
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 2
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 86
South Padre Island 27
Boca Chica Beach 6
Total 123

Loggerhead Sea Turtle
So far this year, 0 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state): 0 Matagorda Peninsula, 0 Padre Island National Seashore, 0 South Padre Island.


Sea turtle nests documented on the Texas coast during 2016

KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLE

Location Found (north to south) Number of nests
Bolivar Peninsula 0
Galveston Island 0
Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 0
Surfside Beach 4
Quintana Beach 1
Bryan Beach 0
Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 0
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 2
Matagorda Island 0
San Jose Island 1
Mustang Island 6
Corpus Christi Bay 0
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 10
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 89
South Padre Island 63
Boca Chica Beach 9
Total 185

Loggerhead Sea Turtle
So far this year, 5 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state): 3 Matagorda Peninsula, 1 Padre Island National Seashore, 1 South Padre Island.


Sea turtle nests documented on the Texas coast during 2015

KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLE

Location Found (north to south) Number of nests
Bolivar Peninsula 5
Galveston Island 3
Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 1
Surfside Beach 1
Quintana Beach 1
Bryan Beach 2
Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 0
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 3
Matagorda Island 0
San Jose Island 0
Mustang Island 3
Corpus Christi Bay 0
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 5
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 101
South Padre Island 34
Boca Chica Beach 0
Total 159

Green Sea Turtles
2 nest has been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state): 1 North Padre Island, including 1 at Padre Island National Seashore.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle
3 nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state): 2 North Padre Island, including 2 at Padre Island National Seashore, 1 South Padre Island


Sea turtle nests documented on the Texas coast during 2014

KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLE

Location Found (north to south) Number of nests
Bolivar Peninsula 1
Galveston Island 1
Brazoria County, N. of Surfside 0
Surfside Beach 1
Quintana Beach 0
Bryan Beach 0
Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 0
Sargent Beach 0
Matagorda Peninsula 1
Matagorda Island 4
San Jose Island 0
Mustang Island 5
Corpus Christi Bay 0
North Padre Island, North of PAIS 9
Padre Island National Seashore (PAIS) 72
South Padre Island 21
Boca Chica Beach 2
Total 118

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nest Update:
1 nest has been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state):

1 North Padre Island, including 1 at Padre Island National Seashore.

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