Turtle News

Big news in our plans for expansion!

Posted on Sep 17, 2014

Big news in our plans for expansion!

On Sept. 4 Sea Turtle, Inc. was notified that it was awarded a grant by the Shelton Family Foundation for $30,000 to build an acrylic tank in our new Educational Center. The tank will be the centerpiece in the open entrance of the future facility. It will be a replication of the Flower Gardens Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico and there will be an educational display about coral reef ecosystems. It will also house our hawksbill patients, which live among the coral habitat. Later that day, an anonymous benefactor told us they will donate...

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RGV Recycling Guide

Posted on Sep 17, 2014

RGV Recycling Guide

No Time to Lose By Ruma Chatterji It does not matter wherever you are or whatever you are doing… You could be strolling along a beach on a hot day in southern Texas or be sitting in your car in a busy city sipping on your favorite beverage… Despite the type of activity that you are engaged in, you can always make a difference for the environment. How, you may ask?   Let’s face it — the environment has suffered from human activities. The fact is, as humans, we are consuming a lot of goods. Some of these materials we purchase take a very long...

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2014 Annual Celebration a huge success!

Posted on Sep 17, 2014

2014 Annual Celebration a huge success!

By Megan Chilcutt and Teresa Shumaker The Sea Turtle, Inc. 2014 Annual Celebration, held on Sept. 6, was a huge success! The live auction started with a bang when STI's vet tech, Brian Thurow, offered to shave his head for pledges. Brian's hair was past his shoulders and he hadn't cut it in five years. It was a big offer and everyone responded with equally big pledges. His haircut alone raised over $13,000! In total, the event raised just under $40,000. Those funds will go to our Capital Campaign's next phase of development: the Educational...

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What is a Stranded Turtle?

Posted on Sep 15, 2014

What is a Stranded Turtle?

When sea turtles are sick or injured they stop swimming and are washed ashore by waves and tides. This is when people find them. After a stranded turtle arrives at STI, triage begins. Its condition is evaluated and they are treated by our Vet Tech and staff, or sent to Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville if needed. GPZ does major surgeries and x-rays. The four main reasons for stranding are: predation, entanglement, boat props, and plastic consumption. Other reasons are cold stuns (hypothermia), oil spills, and internal infections. If you find a...

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The Sea Turtle Inc. 2014 Annual Celebration

Posted on Aug 26, 2014

The Sea Turtle Inc. 2014 Annual Celebration

The Sea Turtle Inc. 2014 Annual Celebration will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the Garden Hilton Inn Ballroom on 7010 Padre Boulevard,  South Padre Island. Already, we are anticipating another wonderful evening filled with great food, amazing silent and live auction items, as well as celebrating a successful 2014 nesting and hatchling season. Tickets are $40 per person. The venue and all auction items have been donated to ensure 100 percent of the proceed s goes to the sea turtles at Sea Turtle, Inc. To purchase your...

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August 2014 E-Newsletter

Posted on Aug 20, 2014

August 2014 E-Newsletter

Check out this month's Newsletter! Discover all the happenings around Sea Turtle, Inc. Enjoy!! Click here to see August's 2014...

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Help Us Grow! Razoo Online Fundraiser

Posted on Aug 20, 2014

Help Us Grow! Razoo Online Fundraiser

Help Us Grow! Razoo Online Fundraiser Educational Facility   We need your help! As you can see in the video, our ICU is full! Sea Turtle, Inc. has responded to and begun treatment for three sea turtles in critical condition this week alone!  We have truly outgrown our current space, are crowded and overflowing at every turn. We rescue and rehabilitate all sick and injured sea turtles in the Rio Grande Valley, which can be difficult with limited space and resources. Part of our mission at Sea Turtle, Inc. is to educate our visitors and...

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Personalized Ceramic Guardrail Turtles

Posted on Jul 27, 2014

Personalized Ceramic Guardrail Turtles

There are only 100 turtles that can go on the guardrail wall at our newly constructed Turtle Drive! Turtle Drive is the new road on the north side of our existing building. The road will eventually lead to our new Education Center, Gift Shop, Amphitheater, and tanks.  For a one-time $400 sponsorship, your ceramic turtle will adorn Turtle Drive for all visitors to see! When you purchase a Personalized Ceramic Guardrail Turtle, you get to get crafty and design your turtle however you want.  To finish, you will go into ArtSpace to glaze your...

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1947 clip of an "arribada." What healthy sea turtle populations should look like!

Posted on Jul 27, 2014

1947 clip of an "arribada." What healthy sea turtle populations should look like!

** All Sea Turtle Fans Need To See This Film** !!! This is what started it all!! This film was made on 16mm color on June 18, 1947 when Andres Herrera landed his Cessna on the northern beaches of Mexico to film the great "arribada" of Kemp's ridley sea turtles. Researchers estimate that 40,000 turtles nested that day. Sea Turtle, Inc. has perhaps the only surviving copy of the 16 mm film, and we sent it off to LA in 2004 to a film restoration company to be digitalized and color enhanced. The film sat in Sr. Herrera's desk until the early 60's...

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Help Sea Turtles With Safe Fishing Practices

Posted on Jul 19, 2014

Help Sea Turtles With Safe Fishing Practices

A leading cause of death or injury to sea turtles is discarded fishing line and fishing hooks. Here are a few ways to help sea turtles when fishing. • PREVENT the EVENT. DO NOT cast your line where sea turtles are seen surfacing to breathe. • If you hook or entangle a turtle on your line: GENTLY bring turtle close to you, use dip net or firmly hold front flippers and shell to safely lift out of water. Lift from the shell, not the flippers. • DO cut line close to hook and remove line that has become entangled around turtle. AVOID turtle’s...

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