A Kemp's Ridley turtle waddles to the waves at Padre Island National Seashore. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.

WATCH: 79 Baby Sea Turtles Released at Padre Island National Seashore

Starting at about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, 79 recently-hatched Kemp’s Ridley turtles flopped and scurried their way across the wet sand on the Padre Island National Seashore into the Gulf of Mexico – like millions have done before them – as more than 500 adults and children watched behind a tape barrier nearby. It was the last public Kemp’s Ridley turtle release at the Padre Island National Seashore this breeding season.