Sea Turtle Nesting Season

POSTED: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 6:27pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

It's prime time for sea turtles to nest hundreds of eggs on South Padre Island. But those eggs can be easily damaged by people and the surroundings.

Whether it's by foot or A-TV's dozens of people are going up and down patrolling the beach looking for turtles nesting and making sure the eggs are safe.

Stacey Sanchez is a sea turtle patroller. She is one of about 40 looking for endangered female sea turtles laying eggs. Sanchez says they find quite a bit on the island. Last year they found 53 nests.

A nest can hold between 80 and 120 eggs. When sanchez patrols she looks for turtle tracks and V-shaped patterns in the sand.

Then they start digging up in the sand until they find the eggs.

They then take the eggs and transport the eggs to a protected area where they bury them.

We drove along with Sanchez for about an hour and did not see any turtles laying eggs. They normally lay eggs during daylight hours.

Sea turtle patrollers say it's critical for cars on the beach to be careful of the turtles leaving the water and hatching their eggs near the sand dunes.

Sea Turtle Inc. says that nesting season runs until July or August. The public is encouraged to report sea turtle observations by calling 1-866-turtle5.

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