Comeback for sea turtles?

April 26, 2008 6:37:59 PM PDT
Scientists hope the discovery of new nests along the lower Texas Gulf Coast means that Kemp's ridley sea turtles -- once on the brink of extinction -- are making a comeback. Researchers at Texas A&M-Galveston say a dozen Kemp's ridley nests were found Friday, mostly on North and South Padre islands.

Researchers dug up the nests and took them to an incubation lab on South Padre Island.

A record 128 nests were discovered in Texas last nesting season, but that's still tiny compared to the 6,000 nesting females counted in Rancho Nuevo, Mexico.

Researchers warn that a hurricane could easily destroy the main nesting grounds and send the population reeling back toward extinction.

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