Turtle News

For the Love of Turtles: Slow Down!

Posted on May 14, 2015

For the Love of Turtles: Slow Down!

By Teresa Shumaker  May and June is the height of nesting season for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle on Texas and Mexican beaches. The adult sea turtle’s shell is pale and can easily blend in with the sand, which makes it imperative that driver’s on the beach obey the 15 m.p.h. speed limit on the county beaches. It takes a lot of energy for the sea turtles, which are not adapted for land, to traverse the beach beyond the high tide line to lay their eggs. Because of that, it can take a while for a sea turtle to cross the beach and sometimes they...

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Turtle Days Tea

Posted on May 7, 2015

Turtle Days Tea

Turtle Days are here! Come and enjoy tasty treats while you visit with sea turtle friends and meet the new interns. Turtle Days Tea at Paragraphs on Padre Monday, May 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Mother's Day is coming!

Posted on May 5, 2015

Mother's Day is coming!

Mother's Day is coming! Are you shopping for your Mother's Day gift online at Amazon? If so, shop Amazon Smile and have your purchases raise money for us, too! Amazon Smile donates a portion of your purchases (at no cost to you) to a charity of your choice. The mama Kemp's ridleys thank you!

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April 2015 Newsletter

Posted on Apr 28, 2015

April 2015 Newsletter

Our April Newsletter is out! Nesting season has begun! Click here to read all the exciting sea turtle news!!

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More Good News From Nest #1!

Posted on Apr 28, 2015

More Good News From Nest #1!

Friday’s Kemp’s ridley nest keeps bringing us good news. Not only was it the first nest in Texas for this season, and the mama had a tag, we just learned that this sea turtle is Hang Ten’s mama!!! Above is Hang Ten, one of our resident sea turtles. Kat Lillie photo. Below is his mom, a tagged Kemp's ridley sea turtle that has nested on South Padre Island for the last 6 years. Joey Bauer photo. Hang Ten is one of our resident sea turtles. He washed back ashore in 2009 as a hatchling. He had a specific birth defect, a malformed front flipper...

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The first Texas Kemp's ridley nest of the year on SPI

Posted on Apr 25, 2015

The first Texas Kemp's ridley nest of the year on SPI

By Teresa Shumaker/Sea Turtle, Inc. The first Kemp's ridley nest of the Texas season was discovered Friday, April 24, around 9:45 a.m. One hundred eggs were laid, and to make it even more exciting, the sea turtle mama had an I.D. tag. Thanks to the tag, we now know that she has nested on SPI before, in 2009 and again in 2011. Kemp's ridley sea turtles usually nest every other year, which means that this sea turtle has been a healthy, consistent breeder for at least three cycles. More breeding sea turtles like her are needed to bring the...

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Rehabilitated sea turtle boat release on the bay!

Posted on Apr 3, 2015

Rehabilitated sea turtle boat release on the bay!

Our first boat release of the year! Please come join us on the bay to send well wishes to our seven rehabilitated green sea turtles who will be returning back into the...

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YappoPalooza is coming to SPI in June!

Posted on Apr 2, 2015

YappoPalooza is coming to SPI in June!

Sea Turtle, Inc. will be presenting the fifth annual YappoPalooza two day festival and benefit, held on June 19 and 20 on South Padre Island! (The previous four were held in San Marcos, TX.) Friday night will be geared for adults, with live music and other entertainment right on the Bay at the SPI Convention Center. Saturday will be more kid-centric, with arts, specialty vendors, live music, silent auction, great food and MORE. Come spend some time on the coast at one of the prettiest beaches in Texas and help us support sea turtle...

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Hope for Our Oceans

Posted on Apr 2, 2015

Hope for Our Oceans

By Megan Chilcutt and Teresa Shumaker  Trash is a huge threat to sea turtles and sadly, our oceans are filled with it. Plastic bags and other debri look similar to food, which means they often make the mistake and eat the trash. Sea turtles have fleshy spines lining their throat, which means once they swallow something, they cannot regurgitate it. So if they make a mistake and eat the wrong thing, it has to be digested, which can often be fatal. But, thanks to a young visionary named Boyan Slat, there is hope for our oceans and the sea...

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Virtual Field Trips are in Session!

Posted on Apr 1, 2015

Virtual Field Trips are in Session!

We successfully launched our first official virtual field trip this month and we are so excited! Now, with the help of technology, we are bringing our educational programs to classrooms across the country and all over the world. Sea Turtle, Inc has always been passionate about the education of future generations of conservation leaders here at our facility, so this new project allows us to broaden our educational reach.  Students are able engage with our education staff while they learn about sea turtles, take an interactive tour of our...

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