POSTED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 6:12pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 8:48am
SOUTH PADRE ISALND, TX (NEWS CENTER 23) — In April South Padre Island nesting season begins for around 75 sea turtles.
Curator at Sea Turtle Inc. Jeff George says his staff is already getting prepared.
"We are getting the ATV's ready that patrol South Padre Island and Boca Chica Beach, we are getting the housing ready for our interns, training schedule in march for volunteers that want to patrol with us.."
Out of more than 400 applications George selected 8 interns that will have an important role protecting eggs the female turtles lays.
"Sea Turtles spend their entire lives in the ocean, mama is the only turtle that will leave the ocean long enough to drag her body up to the dunes, dig a hole in the sand, and drop about a hundred eggs, when is done she is not taking care of her babies she is going right back in the ocean it’s us to protect those eggs from coyotes, raccoons, and predators."
"The female turtles that lay their eggs during nesting season are very large; they can be more than 100 pounds."
George says once eggs are laid they are transferred to a protective sanctuary for about 50 days until the eggs hatch. The baby's are then released back into the water.
Last year George says the Sea Turtles laid around 7,000 eggs.