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Nearly 100 turtle hatchlings released off Texas

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Photo - A Kemps ridley sea turtle makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico during the first sea turtle hatchling release of the season on Monday, June 16, 2014, at the Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi, Texas. A total of 98 hatchlings were released from a nest discovered April 27. A total of 96 nests have been found on the Texas coast this year with 61 found at the seashore. (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Rachel Denny Clow)  MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT
A Kemps ridley sea turtle makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico during the first sea turtle hatchling release of the season on Monday, June 16, 2014, at the Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi, Texas. A total of 98 hatchlings were released from a nest discovered April 27. A total of 96 nests have been found on the Texas coast this year with 61 found at the seashore. (AP Photo/Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Rachel Denny Clow) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT
Texas,Energy and Environment

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Nearly 100 endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchlings have been released on a South Texas beach to make their way into the Gulf of Mexico.

Monday's release at Padre Island National Seashore was the first of the season.

Several hundred observers watched the 98 hatchlings head for the water.

Experts say 96 Kemp's ridley sea turtle nests have been found on the Texas coast this year, with 61 at Padre Island National Seashore near Corpus Christi.

Volunteers have helped locate nests as experts transfer the eggs to a hatcher on Padre Island National Seashore.

Donna Shaver with the National Park Service, who's chief of the division of sea turtle science and recovery, says the next turtle hatchlings release in Texas should be in late June or early July.

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Online:

http://www.nps.gov/pais/naturescience/stsr.htm

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