The facility only ask for a $3.00 donation! Are you kidding me? The good work that this rescue hospital does is worth more than the $3.00 donation. Children have the opportunity to get up close to the turtles and make a compassionate connection. So much better than watching them through a glass at an aquarium.
Sea Turtle, Inc.’s facility serves as a rehabilitation center for sick and injured sea turtles. These good people rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles. This is a small facility but extremely child friendly, relaxed and educational.
There are wee little, baby turtles rescued along the beach.
There are medium junior turtles and great big old guys.
Some sea turtles are permanent residents at the facility. Sea turtles that do not have 75% of their flippers are deemed unsuitable for wild life. These injured turtles gave me a great big lump in my throat. I am very sensitive when it comes to animals and these quiet creatures really tugged at my heart.
These permanent residents act as educators and ambassadors for sea turtle conservation.
Sea Turtle, Inc. also has a mission to educate the public and promote conservation awareness. The facility teaches about sea turtles, their environment and the different sea turtle species. The staff is very friendly and informative.
The center rehabilitates 40-100+ sea turtles each year for return to the wild.
The day of our visit there were several new arrivals in the hospital. Again, the children are given the opportunity to view the turtles up close and to ask questions. Sweet little thing!
This cutie was a newborn. Teeny, tiny little thing. He had air bubbles in his lungs and twirled around uncontrollably in the water. I so wanted to take home this little squirt.
Things to know before you go:
- Up close interactions with rescued sea turtles!
- Location: 6617 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX 78597
- Phone: (956) 761-4511
- Hours: Open from 10 am-4 pm Tuesdays through Sundays (Closed Mondays). In the summer months, hours are extended from 10 am-5 pm.
- A donation of $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children over the age of 4.
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