By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI
Wed Jun 1, 10:14 am ET
PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE, Texas – Nearly hidden by brownish sand, the Kemps ridley sea turtle digging furiously with her back flippers as she carved out a flask-shaped hole to lay her eggs wasn’t aware of the excitement she was generating among the scientists, volunteers and beach-goers watching from a distance.
They included Donna Shaver, who has been working for more than two decades to save the endangered reptiles. Each spring, she counts their nests and collects the eggs for safe incubation before releasing the turtles’ tiny offspring into the sea. Shaver knows this year that each nest she spots has added significance: the turtle that created it survived the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.