Turtle News

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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Welcome 2015 Interns!

Posted on Apr 1, 2015

Welcome 2015 Interns!

By Teresa Shumaker Our interns are here! Each year, Sea Turtle, Inc. hires eight interns for the summer. This year we will have nine with our new Grad Intern Hilary Frandsen! The internship is hands on and they will learn a wide range of skills, from public speaking to conducting scientific research and medical care of sea turtles.  It is a labor intensive job that teaches a wide variety of skills sought after in the conservation workforce and their help is invaluable. Sea Turtle, Inc. has a small staff of seven people, so the interns double...

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March 2015 Newsletter

Posted on Mar 31, 2015

March 2015 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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