Turtle News

Public Comment Now Open on Deepwater Horizon Proposed Restoration Projects

Posted on Jun 4, 2015

Public Comment Now Open on Deepwater Horizon Proposed Restoration Projects

By Teresa Shumaker Five years after the detrimental BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, restoration retribution is near. Deepwater Horizon Trustees are now accepting public comments until Friday, June 19, 2015, on “The Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments” (Draft Plan) which consists of ten proposed Early Restoration Gulf Projects, totaling $134 million. According to a press release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, “Out of the $134 million estimated costs of Phase IV, about $126 million...

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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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Our Underwater Camera is Back!!

Posted on May 7, 2015

Our Underwater Camera is Back!!

Our members-only underwater camera has been repaired!! Thank you for being patient while these important repairs were being made. The great folks at South Padre Live Cams have fixed it and it is running as good as new! Please click here to see the underwater camera, and remember you need to be logged in as a member to see it! Not a member? Check out our member levels to see if one would be great for you. In addition to getting access to our underwater camera, you get 10% off in gift shop purchases and special email and text notifications of...

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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!

Posted on Apr 2, 2015

YappoPalooza is coming!

Sea Turtle, Inc. is hosting the 5th Annual Yappopalooza Festival and Benefit on June 19 and 20; the first time it is on South Padre Island. This two-day event is a fundraiser for sea turtle conservation. Friday night will have bands, bbq, drinks, comedian Ray Orta, live music, and games for adults, then Saturday will be a family festival with music, live animals from the Gladys Porter Zoo, games, crafts and more. YappoPalooza isn’t just about raising money for sea turtle conservation; it is a vehicle to share Jeffrey Boruff’s story and...

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