Wildlife volunteers found the first local sea turtle nests of the 2018 nesting season Friday at Surfside Beach in Brazoria County, Texas A&M University at Galveston officials said Monday.

Members of the Upper Texas Coast Sea Turtle Patrol, a conservation group with members from the university and the Turtle Island Restoration Network, fond the nests.

The two Kemp's ridley sea turtle nests contained 185 eggs, according to the network. The eggs were collected and taken to a facility at Padre Island National Seashore for incubation. Kemp's ridley turtles are the most endangered sea turtles in the world.

The find came later in the spring than usual, Christopher Marshall, a Texas A&M professor, said.

"The prolonged spring and cool ocean waters in the area are likely responsible for their delay," he said.

The sea turtle patrol monitors beaches from April 1 to July 15 each year.

— John Wayne Ferguson

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

Locations

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thank you for Reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.