May is here and so is sea turtle nesting season here on South Padre Island. Every year several sea turtles come to our beaches beginning in April to build their nest along the shore. And when you stay with us in one of our Beachside vacation rentals, you may have the opportunity to see a nest or a sea turtle. Let’s look at what you need to know about the sea turtle nesting season here on South Padre Island below.
When is Sea Turtle Nesting Season?
Many locals love this time of the year not only because of the warmer temps but also in hopes to see a sea turtle. Nesting season began on April 1, 2019 and its one of the most magical times in Texas. This is the start of the sea turtles nesting season and it’s something you don’t want to miss on your next vacation to South Padre Island. During the night is when you will have the chance to see the sea turtle mothers come to shore to lay their eggs in the nest they built. Along the coast of Texas is where you will find the most Kemp Ridley sea turtle’s nests and hatchlings. Sea turtle nesting season doesn’t end until the beginning of August every year so while on vacation to our island this summer, please know that it’s nesting season.
Help Protect our Sea Turtles on South Padre Island
South Padre Island takes protecting our sea turtles very serious as they have made their home on our beautiful coastline. There are many local volunteers that come and check our beaches each morning in search of a new nest that may have been built the night before. To help protect the nests, they are relocated to a protected area where they are then covered with a thin protective covering until they hatch. The reason for moving the nests is to help prevent the nests from getting crushed or injured. Each nest is monitored for the next 50-70 days as the eggs get ready to hatch. Here are a few rules to follow while you are vacationing to South Padre Island during the turtle nesting season:
- Don’t use your flashlight on your phone and don’t leave the outdoor lights on overnight at your Beachside vacation rental. The turtles use the moonlight to help guide them to the ocean and any other lights will disorient them.
- Fill any holes that you and your family may have dug during the day. Not only can the sea turtles but also other people can fall into the holes which can injure themselves.
- Please clean up after your day at the beach and don’t leave any of your beach chairs, umbrellas, or any toys on the beach overnight.
- Be sure to keep the beaches clean from any trash or plastic on the days you spend on the shore. We like to keep our beaches free of trash to help with the new hatchlings and nesting mothers.
While there are many other things that you can do to help protect the nests and hatchlings while you are on vacation, these are the most important ones we wanted you to know. If you haven’t made your vacation reservations yet, check out our South Padre Island vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your upcoming trip to our beautiful island this summer!