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Catch a Rare Chance to Watch the Release of Sea Turtle Hatchlings at Padre Island Next Week

Catch a Rare Chance to Watch the Release of Sea Turtle Hatchlings at Padre Island Next Week

The last chances of the year to watch sea turtle hatchling releases at Padre Island National Seashore are coming up this Wednesday and Thursday, Aug.

Stunned by the Cold: Sea Turtles Are in Peril During the Frigid Winter Storm

Stunned by the Cold: Sea Turtles Are in Peril During the Frigid Winter Storm

The Arctic air mass battering Texas this week has even reached the Gulf of Mexico, where typically temperate beaches have experienced snow, freezing rain, and persistent sub-freezing temperatures.

Visitors from a Distant Sea Bring Tiny Treasures to Texas Beaches

Visitors from a Distant Sea Bring Tiny Treasures to Texas Beaches

Small quantities of a seaweed called sargassum wash ashore all year long. But every few years, beginning in April, the sargassum arrives en masse—a deluge of amber-colored stems, leaves, and tiny gas bladders that help the plants stay afloat (and pop when squeezed). This relatively unpredictable event seems to occur after huge blooms of sargassum in the Atlantic Ocean, some 2,000 or more miles away. While piles of sargassum might hinder swimming and sunbathing, they also provide opportunities for families and other beachcombers to find seahorses, strange shrimp, and other tiny creatures that hopped a ride to Texas.

Texas’ Natural Wonders: Padre Island National Seashore

Texas’ Natural Wonders: Padre Island National Seashore

Padre Island National Seashore
“Aromatic, salty air blew in off the water. Pelican formations cruised the shoreline.

Texas Bucket List

Texas Bucket List

 Texas is tailor-made for bucket lists. Covering some 268,000 square miles, the Lone Star State brims with interesting, exciting, historical, relaxing, and fun things to do and see.

Filming Beauty

Filming Beauty

In the span of roughly one year, documentary filmmaker Lynn Boswell has hiked the Guadalupe Mountains carrying a camera tripod, rung the historic church bell at Mission Concepción, shed a tear at the moving spectacle of sea-turtle hatchlings scurrying into the surf at Padre Island, explored Big Thicket mushrooms, and boated Lake Amistad in search of prehistoric pictographs.

2015 Year in Review

2015 Year in Review

Oh, the places we have been! Texas Highways is so proud to represent the Lone Star State, and we love sharing the many ways there are to make your travels memorable.

Out to Sea

Out to Sea

I’m a NatGeo junkie, and I love seeing the magic of nature – pecking order in the primate world, hunting strategies in the wild, the courting calls and dances.

Get Captivated

Get Captivated

While nothing matches meeting a wild sea turtle on a beach or in the ocean, coming face-to-face with one in a rehabilitation or educational facility is also a thrill.

Reptilian Grace

Reptilian Grace

Texans love sea turtles, and sea turtles love Texas. Five species—green, loggerhead, hawksbill, leatherback, and Kemp’s ridley—have nested along our 400-odd miles of coast in recent years.

Hello Beach!

Hello Beach!

After years of visiting Texas beaches whenever I could, this spring I made the leap and moved my family to Galveston.

Texas to-do’s

Texas to-do’s

Sometimes you can spy a whooper or two in the marsh through a free telescope on the refuge’s observation tower.

Ridleys Believe it or Not! Sea Turtles in Texas

Ridleys Believe it or Not! Sea Turtles in Texas

Long before human feet touched the sandy shores of the western Gulf of Mexico, tens of thousands of female sea turtles visited every summer to lay their eggs.

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