For the first time ever, the world’s rarest species of sea turtle has laid eggs on a Texas beach. Experts recently discovered the “conservation success” on the shores of Magnolia Beach: a sea turtle nest containing approximately 45 hatching Kemp’s ridley eggs. The turtles successfully made it to the water from the nest, according to a news release.
“This has never happened in modern times,” said Dr. Pamela Plotkin, director of Texas Sea Grant and sea turtle biologist, in the release. “Sea turtles typically nest on barrier island beaches in Texas and so seeing a turtle nest on a beach inside any bay is rare.”