Every year, more than a hundred volunteers and staff members patrol Padre Island National Seashore in search of Kemp's ridley sea turtle nests.
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#1 Apr 3, 2009
I'm a turtle lover (actually wear a gold sea turtle on a chain around my neck). However, the "turtle patrol" folks overdo it. With their gas powered carts, they run up and down the beach (N-PINS) every 20-30 minutes. I'm guessing that a sea turtle coming out of the ocean, making her way to the dunes, laying her eggs, and going back would take upwards of 2 hours. No need to constantly look for the tracks, even in windy conditions. A patrol coming by every couple of hours would suffice and save resources.
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