Padre Island National Seashore (@padreislandnps) — Official Instagram account for Padre Island National Seashore.
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REMEMBER WHAT WE SAID ABOUT LOW TIDES? 
Look what a visitor found yesterday duri
REMEMBER WHAT WE SAID ABOUT LOW TIDES? Look what a visitor found yesterday during low tide! This approximately 5 inch shell was almost entirely intact. After consulting the Texas Seashell Encyclopedia, we're pretty sure it's a horse conch. Nice find! #beach#waves#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
16.12.2018 21:20:33
WELCOME TO PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL LAKESHORE? 
Are we a seashore or a lakeshore? T
WELCOME TO PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL LAKESHORE? Are we a seashore or a lakeshore? Today it's really hard to tell with these tiny waves, especially at low tide shown here at 12:30. Low tide is a great time to go shelling and the lower the tide, the better. The lowest tides of the month will be Sat 22 at 7:53 am, Sunday 23 at 8:39 am, Monday 24 at 9:49 and Christmas day at 10:21 am. If you find something awesome tag us with #paisphotoshare! . . . #lowtide#beach#waves#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
14.12.2018 21:24:14
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AN UNENDING SEA OF WAVING GRASS 
The beach may be what the National Seashore is
AN UNENDING SEA OF WAVING GRASS The beach may be what the National Seashore is known for but most of the park is made up of coastal prairie. Less than 1% of this grasslands habitat still remains in the world and the park protects a large uninterrupted stretch. This time of year, the grasslands contain an entire pallet of colors and the sunset really enhances this to create a magical glow. To enjoy the coastal prairie, take a walk out the Grasslands Nature Trail or to the Novillo Line Camp, pictured here. #dunes#grasslands#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
13.12.2018 20:38:54
SAW-TOOTH PEN SHELL 
This well-named shell has been washing up onto the beach a
SAW-TOOTH PEN SHELL This well-named shell has been washing up onto the beach a lot recently. The top of this shell, which resembles an old quill pen, is covered with spines that would protect the animal inside should a predator try to open the shell. These shells are very fragile, so if you find an intact one, like the one pictured, consider yourself lucky! #beach#waves#shell#shelling#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
09.12.2018 22:02:18
FOR THE BIRDS 
It's been a pretty quiet Saturday here at the beach, except for t
FOR THE BIRDS It's been a pretty quiet Saturday here at the beach, except for the birds. They're a noisy lot! #beach#waves#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast#birds#forthebirds
08.12.2018 20:55:58
BEACH CAMPING NOT ADVISED FRIDAY NIGHT 
Due to the storm passing through, beach
BEACH CAMPING NOT ADVISED FRIDAY NIGHT Due to the storm passing through, beach conditions are deteriorating quickly and the surf is high. Due to this, beach camping is highly discouraged. As of now, the park believes the beach will be better by noon Saturday (12/8). #beach#waves#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
07.12.2018 20:36:24
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BUTTERFLIES EVERYWHERE 
A flight of butterflies passed by the visitor center yes
BUTTERFLIES EVERYWHERE A flight of butterflies passed by the visitor center yesterday. The group was mostly made up of painted ladies, but some monarchs were feeding at the flowers. Keep watching the video to see one of the butterflies photobomb (videobomb?). #butterflies#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
02.12.2018 19:56:24
HAPPY FIRST DAY OF DECEMBER! 
It's time for sweaters, sweets, snow, flowers, and
HAPPY FIRST DAY OF DECEMBER! It's time for sweaters, sweets, snow, flowers, and pollinators. . . . Wait. . . . The seashore is not what most people think of when they think of winter. Other park sites are posting winter wonderland pics and we're going on wildflower walks. . . . It's possible to find something blooming every month down here in South Texas. This camphor weed is taking over the dunes near our visitor center and our bee friends are keeping themselves bzzy. . . . So, take a walk through different National Parks' social media pages; one minute you'll be ready to cuddle up in a blanket and the next you're spreading your blanket out on the beach. Happy December! . . . #december#flowers#flower#bees#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
01.12.2018 17:25:44
I REGRET TO INFORM YOU 
That my phone has terrible zoom, so you will just have t
I REGRET TO INFORM YOU That my phone has terrible zoom, so you will just have to trust me when I say that this great blue heron had a huge fish in its mouth. It definitely seemed like an "eyes bigger than its stomach" moment. . . . I really wanted to title this post "I egret to inform you," but I knew I wouldn't be heron the end of it and it could get a little hawkward... . . . #bird#heron#greatblueheron#beach#waves#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
28.11.2018 18:52:30
BUTTERFLIES ON THE BRAIN 
Today we found several butterflies along the surf that
BUTTERFLIES ON THE BRAIN Today we found several butterflies along the surf that at first glance appeared to be dead. Luckily, once these spotted dogfaces were picked up, they just needed some time to dry out their wings before heading on their way! #butterflies#southerndogface#butterfly#butterflymigration#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
25.11.2018 22:47:56
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AN AWESOME VISITOR 
We love all our visitors, but were particularly excited yest
AN AWESOME VISITOR We love all our visitors, but were particularly excited yesterday by this winged friend saying hello to us in the visitor center. Monarchs are migrating through the park on their way to Mexico. Since it's such a long journey, it's unsurprising that they get really tired. This one just seemed to need a good long rest before heading on its way. Thank you to the Junior Ranger who brought it in and showed us! #padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast#monarch#butterfly#migration#monarchmigration#monarchbutterfly
24.11.2018 16:33:10
#OPTOUTSIDE
The weather may still be looking grumpy (and there's a bit of rain)
#OPTOUTSIDE The weather may still be looking grumpy (and there's a bit of rain) but it's ten degrees warmer today than yesterday! Besides, it's so quiet at the beach, no crowds... What we're saying is that you should come visit today. #beach#waves#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
23.11.2018 16:14:26
REMEMBER TO SHARE AND WAIT YOUR TURN AT DINNER .
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Our Volunteer Allen Wilson
REMEMBER TO SHARE AND WAIT YOUR TURN AT DINNER . . . Our Volunteer Allen Wilson took this picture of these crested caracaras sharing a meal of what we think is a moray eel. . . . Seems like good advice for Thanksgiving dinner: be polite, share, pass the food, wait your turn, and, of course, enjoy! . . . We hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving! . . . #padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast#beach#crestedcaracara#caracara#thanksgiving#happythanksgiving#bird#birds
22.11.2018 17:55:20
BEACH CAMPING NOT RECOMMENDED 
Due to very high tides and a northerly wind, the
BEACH CAMPING NOT RECOMMENDED Due to very high tides and a northerly wind, the surf is coming up almost to the dunes. Because of this, the park is strongly recommending to not go camping on the beach tonight or tomorrow. Day-use driving should be okay but watch those high tides. High tide today at 3 pm and 11:38 pm and tomorrow at 3:57 pm. #beach#waves#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
21.11.2018 19:27:17
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OCCUPIED! 
You've found that perfect, intact shell to add to your collection, bu
OCCUPIED! You've found that perfect, intact shell to add to your collection, but before you take it home, remember to turn it over and see if anyone's home. Sometimes it will be the original inhabitant; other times it will be the home of a hermit crab, like this lettered olive here. Those small stick-looking things at the top of the shell are the hermit crab's legs. As long as there's no one home, you're welcome to take the shell home!  #shells#shell#hermitcrab#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
18.11.2018 22:53:44
GHOSTING

That's what it's called when you're searching for ghost crabs, right?
GHOSTING That's what it's called when you're searching for ghost crabs, right? Ghost crabs are well named: they blend in so well with the sand that they're almost invisible. Add to that the fact that they're normally active at night and they've definitely earned their name. They're difficult to find too; if you want to try to see a ghost crab, early morning and twilight are best (although sometimes you can find them midday!). Walk a few feet away from the dunes and watch for movement: it's hard to see them until they move! Sometimes it takes a while to learn how to see these invisible ghosts, but just be patient and you will find them everywhere! #ghostcrab#crabby#creaturefeature#beach#waves#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast#findyourpark
17.11.2018 15:38:55
THE WATER HAS FINALLY CLEARED 
Such a great time to unplug and hit the beach! Wh
THE WATER HAS FINALLY CLEARED Such a great time to unplug and hit the beach! Which we had to do cause we were without power almost all day! It's been great weather yesterday and today and looking good for tomorrow, but Saturday night a storm is going to be moving in. Enjoy these clear waters while you can! #beach#waves#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
16.11.2018 21:10:41
CLEAR SKIES PART 3
After all the rain and cloudy skies, we're living just how fa
CLEAR SKIES PART 3 After all the rain and cloudy skies, we're living just how far we've been able to see today. #beach#waves#padreislandnationalseashore#padreisland#northpadreisland#nps#usinterior#corpuschristi#southtexas#gulfcoast
14.11.2018 22:27:34
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