My family and I were blessed to be able to take a wonderful #BeachHoliday trip to South Padre Island this past weekend. Since we were down there we took the opportunity to check out many great places on the island. One of the locations we stopped by and toured was the Sea Turtle Rescue Center!
Rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtles is an important part of Sea Turtle, Inc's mission to save sea turtles! Each year, they rehabilitate anywhere from 40 to 100+ patients and release them back to the ocean.
The Sea Turtle rescue Center was neat because you could get up close to the turtles.
Although, you could not touch them or pet them, the the turtles did come up to the top of
their tanks to say hello to us!
The first turtle we got to meet was named Allison.
She is 1 of 8 a permanent resident of Sea Turtle Inc. facility.
You can read more about Allison and WATCH a LIVE video of her swimming around
in her tank on her page.
Another resident that the boys really liked was Fred the Loggerhead.
The boys said he looked like a ninja turtle..:)
Fred was found entangled in fish line in the late 1990′s. One front flipper was amputated and Fred was released back twice but washed back every time! He was transferred to STI care in 2000.
He now weighs around 200 lbs!
Another resident we got to met was a real treat ~
We got to feed him!
His name was Gerry!
When we first walked up to his tank he was playing Peek-a-boo with us:) He is very friendly and funny. He is a famous turtle. He has appeared on many shows such as Johnny Carson and David Letterman. He has the largest tank at Sea Turtles Inc.
His tank is 20,000 gallons!
Gerry got stranded due to a hurricane during the mid 1980's.
He was held back as an educational animal.
Jessica feeding Gerry.
To feed him you put the lettuce against the window of his tank and he comes to you.
You then toss the lettuce in his tank and he swims for it:)
Andy got a kick out of Gerry.
Gerry and Andy tilted their heads at each other a few times.
It was so cute.
Anthony feeding Gerry:)
There was also a short educational class help while we were there.
They explained the different types of turtles and how we can help them to survive.
The instructor also explained what Sea Turtle Inc does to help the turtles live longer and how they help the turtles when they are sick and injured. It was a great class!
She is showing us a real turtle shell and how big they can get! It was HUGE!
There were many more turtles and things to see but I dont want to give it all away:)
If you ever get the chance to visit South Padre Island, Texas this should be on your list of places to visit and explore. You can check out more about Sea Turtles Inc on their WEBPAGE or social media channels. TWITTER, FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM
It is well worth the visit!
Sea Turtle, Inc. was founded in 1977 by Ila Fox Loetscher, better known as "The Turtle Lady of South Padre Island." In 1999, Sea Turtle, Inc. moved from Ila's backyard into its current location at 6617 Padre Blvd.