Analysis: Endangered species inside NPs would not escape negative impacts of proposed ESA overhaul
Waves of hatchlings scurry towards the surf, orienting themselves to the rising sun and plunging into the water, natural born swimmers. These Kemp's ridley turtle youngsters are a linchpin for the survival of the most endangered sea turtle in the world. Over the course of a summer, thousands of these armored turtles splash into the Gulf of Mexico.
Were it not for Dr. Donna Shaver and her sea turtle program at Padre Island National Seashore, a 70-mile sliver of barrier island in Texas along the Gulf of Mexico, the species' future might not have any glimmer of hope.