About Us


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At Sea Turtle Inc., our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles for release back into the wild, 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 since expanded into three parts: EducationRehabilitation, and Conservation.

Location: 6617 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX  78597

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3987. South Padre Island, TX  78597

Phone: (956) 761-4511

Hours: Open from 10 am - 4 pm Tuesdays through Sundays (CLOSED ON MONDAYS).



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Today, Sea Turtle, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit that is funded through public donations and on-site gift shop sales. We do not receive any government funding.

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. In addition, about 20 percent of our income is used to fund alternative resource and conservation projects involving sea turtles around the world, increasing our conservation reach.

Sea Turtle, Inc. awards college scholarships to biology students. Each summer we host an internship program for currently enrolled or recently graduated biology students. Donations are important to fund both of these opportunities.

We hope you consider supporting us by visiting Sea Turtle, Inc. and contributing to our cause.

To learn more about us, here is a video taken in 2013. The Texas Country Reporter did an excellent job telling our story.