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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