About Us

Sea Turtle, Inc.Our Mission: At Sea Turtle Inc., our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species.

Sea Turtle, Inc. was founded in 1977 by Ila Fox Loetscher, better known as "The Turtle Lady of South Padre Island". In 1999, Sea Turtle, Inc. moved from Ila's backyard into its current location at 6617 Padre Blvd.

Originally this organization was formed to aid in the protection and recovery of the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle. Our mission has now expanded into three parts:

  1. Rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles
  2. Educate the public
  3. Assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species.

Rehabilitation and Release (List of rescued sea turtles)

Sea Turtle, Inc is a non-profit organization 501(C)(3). The sole source of income is public donations which are used to achieve the three missions. Specifically, donations help with the upkeep of the sea turtles housed at the facility. This includes food, medications, heaters, filters, water and electricity. Donations are also used to support Sea Turtle, Inc.’s educational programs. About 20% of our donations are sent around the world to fund alternative resource and conservation projects involving sea turtles.

Sea Turtle, Inc. awards scholarships to university level biology students. Each summer we host an internship program for currently enrolled or recently graduated college students in the biological sciences. Donations help to fund both of these student opportunities.

In 2013, the Texas Country Reporter did an excellent job telling our story.