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A Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchling makes its way toward the ocean during the sea turtle hatchling release at Padre Island National Seashore on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Sea turtle eggs are co

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Submitted on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

A Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchling makes its way toward the ocean during the sea turtle hatchling release at Padre Island National Seashore on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Sea turtle eggs are collected from their nests along the Texas coast and allowed to incubate at the Padre Island National Seashore incubation facility. Once they have reached a "frenzied" state the turtles are then released into the Gulf of Mexico. Their incubation period at the lab allows them to be protected from natural predators but as soon as they make it to the ocean they are on their own.

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