Last chance to see release of Kemp ridley sea turtles this summer

A Sea Turtle Inc. volunteer displays a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchling before a July 3 sunrise turtle release at County Beach Access No. 3 on South Padre Island.

A Sea Turtle Inc. volunteer displays a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchling before a July 3 sunrise turtle release at County Beach Access No. 3 on South Padre Island.

Sea Turtle Inc. Executive Director Jeff George said about 150 baby turtles were released.

He said 2017 was a record year for Kemp’s ridley nesting along the Texas and northern Mexico coast, and that the group has hatched about 70 percent of the 9,000 eggs it started with this year.

George said the “last, best opportunity” for the public to witness a release will likely be July 9-11.

Check Sea Turtle Inc. on Facebook and Twitter, or call (956) 433-5735, in the early morning hours on those days to find out if a release will take place.

Releases are normally scheduled for 6:45 a.m.