AUSTIN — State sea turtle chosen
Perhaps you know that the state's official flower is the bluebonnet and official bird is the mockingbird, but did you know that the state is about to have an official sea turtle? The legislature recently passed HCR 31 to make the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, an endangered native species found from South Padre Island to Chambers County, the state sea turtle of Texas. School children in Galveston brought the idea to their state representative who then filed HCR 31. The House and Senate passed the resolution unanimously and it was recently signed into law by the Governor. Be sure to be on the lookout for our new official state sea turtle on your next trip to the beach!