Slow start to nesting season

Newscenter 23

POSTED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 2:45pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 7:32am

It's a beautiful sight when a sea turtle comes to shore and lays its eggs.
Last year's numbers were strong and steady, but this year it's been a different story.

"South Padre Island is at 34 nests, which is about half where we normally are at this time of year."said Executive Director of Sea Turtle Inc, Jeff George.

We are a little more than two months into nesting season. George says several cold fronts in April and May have had a major impact on nesting season.

"With Sea Turtles and reptiles temperature decides when it's time to reproduce, hormones and testosterone are released when the water gets high enough, it's introduced to their body, they are migrating, they reproduce, with those cold fronts that date came at a much later time than it normally does delaying the nesting season." Said George.

George says those cold fronts are also lengthening the incubation period. Last year it took 54 days for the babies to hatch, this year it’s taking 62 days.
George says it's anybody's guess how many eggs the turtles will lay.

"Nobody knows if we are going to fewer eggs, or later in the season when we get them." Said George.

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