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Sea Turtle Inc.

Sea Turtle Inc. is located on the northern part of South Padre Island, next to the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.  Their work and dedication to preserving, rescuing, and rehabilitating sea turtles is truly amazing. 

A visit to the Sea Turtle, Inc. should definitely be on your list of things to do on South Padre Island!

Location: 6617 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island, TX  78597

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3987. 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, our hours are extended from 10 am - 5 pm. 

Starting Saturday, August 23, we will revert back to our regular schedule of 10am to 4pm! 

We ask for a donation of $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children over the age of 4.


At Sea Turtle Inc., our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species.


Educational presentations are offered throughout the day.  These "Turtle Talks" teach the public about the mission of Sea Turtle, Inc. and the species of sea turtles found in the area.  Depending on thh time of year and the number of visitors present for the "Turtle Walk", a Sea Turtle, Inc. staff member will present to you in one of two ways.  If there are a large number of visitors present, the talk will be in our outdoor amphitheater.  If the number of visitors is smaller, then the staff member may be able to take you around our outside tanks as a group.

"Turtle Talks" run between 20-30 minutes in length.  the first one of the day begins at 10:15 a.m.  Presentations are held about every hour, with the last one of the day beginning around 3:00 p.m.  (4:00 p.m. in the summertime)

Hatchling Release

Here is some information about public hatchling releases:
The nests are in a protected corral, and our staff is monitoring their progress as they hatch. At the moment we have one nest that is in the process of emerging out of their shells and one that is in the process of "pipping" which means they are just starting to poke through the egg shell.

Hatching is a slower process than one might think, and it can take several days before they are ready to head to the ocean.
Each night, around 10 p.m. our staff takes a close look at the hatching process and tries to estimate when the hatchlings will be ready to hit the beach and the open blue ocean. This is a tricky process, and the hatchlings ultimately decide when they are ready to be on the move, which is known as a "frenzy."

Sometimes, the hatchlings will frenzy at night, and when that happens, staff releases them and the release is not open to the public.

But, other times, the hatchlings frenzy right before dawn. When they frenzy in the morning, a public hatchling release is called, and everyone is invited to attend.

The public releases are held at 7 a.m. at County Beach Access #3, about half a mile north of Sea Turtle, Inc.

With all of that said, public hatchling releases are announced fairly last minute. But we are trying as hard as we can to keep everyone updated.

The absolute best way to be notified of a hatchling release is to become a member!Members get emails and text messages when the releases are happening.

Another way is to watch our Facebook page closely, and visit our timeline, instead of waiting for it to appear in your feed.