SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Over 1,200 people witnessed the release of baby Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle hatchlings over the weekend.

At 6:45 a.m. Sea Turtle, Inc. released the hatchlings into South Padre Island waters.

Due to a high number of nests laid in the same week, the organization was able to have a spontaneous release.

The public release took place at Cameron County Beach Access 4.

After releasing the turtles, many traveled back to Sea Turtle, Inc. to celebrate Hang Ten’s birthday.

The Kemp’s Ridley Sea turtle turned 13 and is officially a teen!

(Source: Sea Turtle Inc.)