Turtle News

Why Different Places for Releases?

Posted on Oct 30, 2014

Why Different Places for Releases?

By Teresa Shumaker The short answer is: to give them the best chance to re-adapt themselves to the wild. On September 22, we released two juvenile green sea turtles in Laguna Madre during a dolphin watch tour with American Diving. Juvenile Atlantic greens are usually released in the Laguna Madre, their natural foraging ground. They eat the seagrass in the bay and algae on the rocks, and the shallow waters provide some safety from predators. The greens are also found on the ocean side of South Padre Island and are found in a wide variety of...

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Releasing Sea Turtles Makes Us Happy!

Posted on Oct 28, 2014

Releasing Sea Turtles Makes Us Happy!

By Teresa Shumaker If you have stopped by our facility in the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed that we have a lot of empty tanks. And although we know it can be a bit of a bummer for a visitor to only see a few turtles when they stop by, those empty tanks are a sign of pride for us. The reason over half of our facility’s tanks are vacant is because most of the sea turtles in our care have been rehabilitated and released back into the ocean. On September 22, we released two juvenile green sea turtles during a dolphin watch tour with...

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Rehabilitated Sea Turtle Release

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

Rehabilitated Sea Turtle Release

Our latest release was on Friday, Oct. 17. Four sea turtles — three juvenile Atlantic greens and Al, a sub-adult loggerhead — were released from the beach at Isla Blanca Park, near the jetties. Loggerheads will migrate up and down the coast close to shore. So the location of this release was chosen specifically for Al. The young greens are found in the Laguna Madre and on the ocean side of South Padre Island, so releasing near the jetties allows them to choose which way they wish to go. Careful consideration is given to each turtle when we...

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We are sporting Pink for October!

Posted on Oct 8, 2014

We are sporting Pink for October!

We all know the phrase “It ain’t easy being green” but here is Allison showing off her support for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink! (Don’t worry, we didn’t dye her, this is just some color fun in photoshop.) We have some new long sleeve shirts and hoodies available in our gift shop. For every pink one purchased in October, we will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to SPI Walk for Women, a locally based nonprofit that raises awareness and gathers community support for those fighting breast cancer. Follow this link to see the hoodies:...

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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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