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Sea Turtle, Inc.

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6617 Padre Blvd, P. O. Box 3987, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7742
+1 956-761-4511
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Very educational.

This sanctuary for turtles was very impressive and the passion of the employees is evident. Actual... read more

Reviewed yesterday
minnesota, usa
Excellent work and exhibits

Sea Turtle Inc. continues to do an excellent job. Their mission is to rescue, rehab and release... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Patti P
South Padre Island, Texas
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Ila Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island", originally formed our organization to save the Kemp's ridley sea turtle in 1977. Now we are a sea turtle hospital with a mission to rehabilitate and release any injured sea turtles, increase awareness concerning their safety and habitat, and assist with conservation efforts for all sea turtle species. We are funded by donations, grants and gift shop proceeds-- For rehabilitated sea turtle and hatchling release text message notifications, please see our website membership page. See you at Sea Turtle, Inc.!
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“small donation” (26 reviews)
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6617 Padre Blvd, P. O. Box 3987, South Padre Island, TX 78597-7742
+1 956-761-4511
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Reviewed yesterday

This sanctuary for turtles was very impressive and the passion of the employees is evident. Actual turtles with a variety of injuries are in large tanks. See what the world of humans have done to endanger the local turtles and what efforts are being made...More

Thank shimizuMinnesota
Reviewed yesterday

Sea Turtle Inc. continues to do an excellent job. Their mission is to rescue, rehab and release sea turtle who need help, and if they do not have a chance of surviving on their own, STI keeps them and takes care of them. They continue...More

Thank Patti P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My daughter and I had a blast visiting with the sea turtles. Love the work that they are doing. Up close with wildlife. For a small donation you can visit with the sea turtles and any questions can be answered.

Thank Firelynda
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was by far the best thing we did on SPI. First we toured the facility. The stories and the turtles we Amazing. The is a resident turtle who who had been equipped with a girdle like contraption that holds the shell together and a...More

Thank Sherkl
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A must see for anyone interested in environment studies and turtles. A non-profit organization run by volunteers. A gift shop onsite with profits staying in the organization. Turtles seen we're in various stages of rehab. Personal bio on each turtle.

Thank luvthesune
Reviewed 2 days ago

All of the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Oh, also very dedicated to what they do. We are so glad that there is a place like this. We are glad that Ila Fox Loetsche started this place. It is by donations and after viewing...More

Thank Carl W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was really cool to see what these folks are doing in rescuing sea turtles. It was nice to be up close and see the turtles which are being rehabilitated. Can’t wait to go back and see the expansion!

Thank Chad W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a turtle hospital and rehab center. They are going to move next door to great new facility this week or next. Will be fabulous. admission price by donation.

Thank dontlikesnow44
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited in December in the middle of a cold front in South Texas. Very informative but only got to see a few live turtles as the rest of the tanks were shut up tight because of the temperature. They are opening their new facility at...More

Thank EllyG50
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

They rescue sea turtles and do very good work here. Please support them. Awesome volunteers are here and lots of turtles to see.

Thank ohsolma
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Cathy D
5 February 2017|
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Response from Jeff G | Property representative |
We suggest $4 for adult and $2 for children as a donation.
9 June 2016|
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Response from Life_Tourist | Reviewed this property |
They suggest a donation of $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and $2.00 for children over the age of 4. Have fun!