Turtle egg seekers hope for large find

The Easter Bunny has competition on North Padre Island where more than 100 grown-ups are preparing to look for a different sort of egg.

Searchers are looking for faint, 2-foot wide trails in the sand that will lead them to endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle eggs.

“It’s a lot more fun than Easter,” said Dan Tholen, a veteran egg chaser. “They are quite a bit rarer than Easter eggs were as a kid.”

The Texas coast has seen a record number of turtle nests, jumping from 11 in 2001 to 197 in 2009 as the result of preservation efforts. Every year hundreds of tourists watch during public releases as Donna Shaver, chief of sea turtle science and recovery at Padre Island National Seashore, and volunteers shepherd tiny turtles safely into the water and out of the clutches of seagulls.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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