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March Newsletter

Posted on Mar 31, 2015

March Newsletter

Our March Newsletter is out! Just in the nick of time! Whew! We have had a VERY busy month preparing for nesting season. Click here to read all the exciting sea turtle news!!

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Sea turtle release in February!

Posted on Mar 24, 2015

Sea turtle release in February!

by Megan Chilcutt The weather and water temperature finally warmed up enough to release 19 sea turtles back into the Gulf of Mexico on February 15th. The turtles were a combination of rehabilitated turtles from various injuries and cold stunned turtles from several fronts that came through the area in early January. The weekend was full of love with Valentine’s Day being the day before. Spend Saturday with your honey, then come on out to the beach on Sunday to spread the love vibes to the sea turtles returning back to their natural habitat...

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Respeta Tu Playa and Sea Turtle, Inc. host encore beach cleanup in preparation and celebration of upcoming nesting season!

Posted on Mar 18, 2015

Respeta Tu Playa and Sea Turtle, Inc. host encore beach cleanup in preparation and celebration of upcoming nesting season!

  Dear Friend of the Beach, Thank you for your support in helping Sea Turtle, Inc. and Respeta Tu Playa Group in their efforts to clean several miles of the county beach on January 17, 2015. The "end of the road" clean up resulted in 6 truck loads of garbage, filling the large dumpster at County Road Beach Access 5. We are excited to announce an encore clean up to be held on March 28, 2015. This cleanup is being held in order to prepare the beach for nesting season. 23% of the 2014 nests were found in the area covered by this cleanup....

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We dream of darker skies

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

We dream of darker skies

Construction workers move the last of the solar lights into place on a foggy June day, 2014. Teresa Shumaker photos. By Teresa Shumaker Last July we unveiled our new solar amber lights on Turtle Drive, purchased with a $30,000 grant from Green Mountain Energy and their customers. Sea Tutle, Inc. was the first on the island to have solar street lamps and use amber color, turtle-friendly lights and we couldn't have done it without Green Mountain and their Sun Club customers! Why are these new lights so important? Reptiles cannot see amber or...

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Snug and Safe inside the Sea Turtle, Inc. Corral

Posted on Mar 3, 2015

Snug and Safe inside the Sea Turtle, Inc.  Corral

By Ruma Chatterji Sharks and killer whales are predators sea turtles certainly worry about. But, for the early part of a sea turtle’s life, that is of least concern. Getting to the ocean, unharmed — or uneaten is an intimidating challenge. All eight species of sea turtles found in the world are endangered. The mother sea turtles need to nest on land, and all sea turtle species, except one, nest at night. The most common nester in South Padre, the Kemp’s ridley, nests during the day. They have a very specific migratory route and they nest in...

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Rising Jellyfish Populations: Can Leatherback Sea Turtles Come to the Rescue?

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

Rising Jellyfish Populations: Can Leatherback Sea Turtles Come to the Rescue?

By Keeley Zimmerman Have you noticed more jellyfish washing up on the beaches of South Padre Island in the last few years? Maybe you aren’t concerned yet, but worldwide jellyfish blooms are being observed more frequently. Dr. Lisa-ann Gershwin, director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services, links the rising number of jellyfish blooms to human activity such as habitat destruction from increases in land development, trash, toxic chemicals, global warming, and overfishing. The increasing number of jellyfish blooms may be an...

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Kemp's Ridley Migration: a Long and Dangerous Journey

Posted on Feb 10, 2015

Kemp's Ridley Migration: a Long and Dangerous Journey

By Theresa Madrigal On July 4th Sea Turtle, Inc. had its first public hatchling release of the 2014 nesting season. Those of you watching on the beach or on our new hatchling webcam witnessed 110 Kemp’s ridley hatchlings start the first part of their incredible journey. Staff, interns, and volunteers ensured the hatchlings made it safely to the water. What happens to those babies afterwards? Do they find their moms and dads like Crush says in Finding Nemo? The answer is actually no. The hatchlings face this long and dangerous journey by...

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What We Do on Mondays

Posted on Feb 2, 2015

What We Do on Mondays

Interns scrub Jerry's 25,000 gallon tank on a Monday. Sea Turtle, Inc. archive photo. By Teresa Shumaker Have you ever wondered why we close on Mondays? We often get asked this question as many other places stay open seven days a week. Unfortunately, we do not have a “behind the scenes” out of the public’s way, where we can feed and clean without causing tripping hazards or accidentally soaking some unsuspecting passerby. When we vacuum our tanks in the morning, hoses snake across the floor, droplets of water get slung around as we move from...

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A Look Back at 2014

Posted on Jan 27, 2015

A Look Back at 2014

We began 2014 with a huge sea turtle release. About 1,000 people attended to cheer on the rehabilitated sea turtles as they returned to the wild. Sea Turtle, Inc. Archive photo. 2014 was a big year for us, we added two new staff positions — an educator and a part-time marketing assistant — and expanded one part-time position to full-time. Now we have a total of nine employees! We welcomed three new staff members, Megan Chilcutt, Teresa Shumaker, and Caitlin Bovery, and said goodbye to a several key people at STI, David Cromwell and SPX moved...

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STI Partners with UTB and SpaceX

Posted on Jan 23, 2015

STI Partners with UTB and SpaceX

A volunteer patrols the beach on South Padre Island. The new grad-student intern will be responsible for patrolling the beaches on Boca Chica beach. Teresa Shumaker photo.   We are excited to announce a new grad student intern position with Sea Turtle, Inc. in partnership with University of Texas at Brownsville and SpaceX. This new internship is for undergraduates who are, or will be, pursuing their graduate degree at UTB. Every year, Sea Turtle, Inc. selects eight college students and/or graduates to work with us for the summer. It is a...

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