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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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What Everyone’s Not Saying About Sargassum

Posted on Jan 20, 2015

What Everyone’s Not Saying About Sargassum

By Gladys Delgadillo You’ve seen it on our beaches: the heaping strips of seaweed. What you’re looking at is Sargassum fluitans and natans, which is brown algae — and it stinks. Thick sargassum makes it difficult for nesting mama sea turtles to make it up the beach, for nesting patrollers to see turtle tracks, and eventually for hatchlings to make it to the ocean. Plus, it’s widely regarded as unattractive. But what isn't being said is how great it is! When the seaweed makes its way to Texas beaches, it’s a natural phenomenon! When sargassum...

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Join Us for a Beach Cleanup!

Posted on Jan 13, 2015

Join Us for a Beach Cleanup!

Join us and the Respeta Group for a beach cleanup on the north end of the island. The weather should be nicer than it has been and the sun might even make an appearance! Let's all work together to keep our beaches free of...

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Recognition Corner: David Wilson

Posted on Jan 13, 2015

Recognition Corner: David Wilson

By Mary Laddis David Wilson is a super volunteer! He began as a volunteer with Sea Turtle, Inc. over 15 years ago. If it needs to be done, David's there. Water quality testing? Retrieving a cold-stunned or injured sea turtle? Vacuuming tanks? Rescuing an ATV patroller? Landscape maintenance David's the man! Since his retirement as an award-winning agricultural pilot, David has been volunteering on-site almost everyday. Sea Turtle, Inc. is truly blessed with so many dedicated volunteers. This time it's David's turn to shine in the spotlight....

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On the road to success, but still miles to go!

Posted on Jan 9, 2015

On the road to success, but still miles to go!

We are getting excited as this project approaches. Soon we expect to break ground on the next phase of our $4 million expansion — the new educational center and parking lot. Currently, our Executive Director is in the process of finalizing the structural engineer requirements and architectural design, which is expected to be finished by February or March. Once that step is complete, a request for bids will go out. If all stays on track, the bid could be awarded in March and construction could begin as early as April. Although we have made...

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