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Kemp's Ridley, Padre Island NS, TX | by NPCA Photos
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Kemp's Ridley, Padre Island NS, TX

A Kemp’s ridley sea turtle crosses the beach at Padre Island National Seashore. This barrier island along the Texas coast, much of which is less than three feet above sea level, draws visitors as one of the only places in the world where the public can view turtle hatchlings being released into the wild. In 2008, visitors such as these and others to the seashore and recreation areas support nearly 1,000 local jobs and $16 million in wages. Photo: NPS

 

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Taken on March 16, 2010