Turtle News

Trim-a-Tree Contest

Posted on Nov 24, 2014

Trim-a-Tree Contest

We are participating in Lacks "Trim-a-tree contest." Lacks in Port Isabel hosts an annual food drive for the local food bank. Charities and school organizations are invited to participate and the tree with the most canned goods under it at the end of December will win a prize. To vote for your favorite tree, bring a canned food item and place under the tree, it's that easy! Let's show them how awesome and giving sea turtle fans are! Help us fill up under our tree!...

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Sea Turtle Release on Monday and Tuesday!!!

Posted on Nov 24, 2014

Sea Turtle Release on Monday and Tuesday!!!

We will also be broadcasting this release live on our mobile webcam. Go to http://www.seaturtleinc.org/hatchcam/ at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time to watch it...

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IPSSA Texas returns, with Aquacal!

Posted on Nov 23, 2014

IPSSA Texas returns, with Aquacal!

Members from the Texas chapter of the Independent Pool and Spa Service Association — along with Heidi Amos from Pentair, and Stan Crisp with AquaCal — spent the first week of November continuing the upgrades to our tank filtration system. They changed our tank heating system from many individual heaters to one large, central system. The heat pump was donated by AquaCal and members from IPSSA Texas volunteered their time to install the new system. We are really excited as this new system has the potential to save us over $1000 in...

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November 2014 Newsletter

Posted on Nov 22, 2014

November 2014 Newsletter

Our November Newsletter is out! Click here to read all the exciting sea turtle news!!

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Winter is Officially Here & We Have a Full House!

Posted on Nov 19, 2014

Winter is Officially Here & We Have a Full House!

By Teresa Shumaker During the winter when the bay's water temps quickly drop below 55 degrees, many sea turtles can suffer from a form of hypothermia called "cold-stunning." On Friday, Nov. 14, Texas Parks and Wildlife found about 40 turtles in the bay that had cold-stunned. Since then, more sea turtles have been found and our total is nearing 70. If you see a sea turtle on the shore or in the water but not swimming, it could be cold-stunned. Do not touch the turtle, and call us at 956-761-4511. We have staff ready to respond! What is...

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Do you shop on Amazon?

Posted on Nov 5, 2014

Do you shop on Amazon?

Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, we have set up an Amazon Smile account. Every time you purchase something on Amazon, they donate 0.5% of the price to a nonprofit of your choice. We operate solely on donations and gift shop revenue and our winter season has large demands as we care for sea turtles that wash ashore due to the cold. Every little donation helps! Click below to set up Sea Turtle, Inc. as your nonprofit! Sea Turtle,...

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Help Us Improve Our Website!

Posted on Nov 4, 2014

Help Us Improve Our Website!

We are in the process of improving our website, and we would love to know what you think about the current one. Please take the survey below to tell us what you think! Be part of the change and help us make our website even better!!!   Thank you!! Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world's leading questionnaire...

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Recognition Corner: Debi Cadena

Posted on Nov 1, 2014

Recognition Corner: Debi Cadena

By Megan Chilcutt She is all heart, and this was abundantly clear from the moment she walked into Sea Turtle, Inc. ready to volunteer. To us, Debi feels like an extension of our family, and she says she feels the same. Debi is versatile and more than willing to tackle any challenge we throw her way. She can price inventory like a champ, and more recently has found her niche by cataloging hard copy sea turtle data into a digital database, in order to update our records. There are months of data entry work, and Debi is flying through it! Box by...

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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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