Turtles are incredible animals that more and more people are fighting for everyday. Bringing awareness to the dangers of plastic consumables is not only saving turtles that currently inhabit our earth, but the soon-to-be turtles as well. And what better way to celebrate this than experiencing hatchling releases at a nearby Texas beach! Texas has more than one where this is possible, and it's a sight unlike any other.
We've just entered the months of frequent hatchling releases, and boy are we lucky. Mid-June through August is the best time of the year to experience baby turtles making their way across the sand into our local oceans, and their future homes. The best beach to visit for hatchling releases that are open to the public is the gorgeous Malaquite Beach. You'll begin in front of the Visitor Center at Padre Island National Seashore on North Padre Island in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Hatchling releases can be super unpredictable at times. While it's easy to tell around the time the baby sea turtles will be born, it's hard to know for sure when they'll hatch. The people in charge of scheduling the public releases are very on top of these things, but still recommend you check dates, call ahead of time, and prepare incase the release has to be cancelled. They normally take place around 6:45 am so prepare to be up bright and early!
These releases are so exciting, normally crowds of hundreds attend at a time. If you're lucky enough to be part of one of these groups, remember to review all of the tips offered on Padre Island's NPS page. The Hatchling Hotline is also a great resource! Get your cameras ready (flash off, please), be sure not to wear white, stay away a safe distance, and be prepared to experience the opportunity of a lifetime!
Address: 20420 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Why you need to go: Hatchling releases are starting this month! Seeing baby turtles be born and crawl into the ocean is a sight you'll rarely have the chance to see. It'll give you a new appreciation for life in all forms!
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