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    Dolphin Watch

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 6, 2004

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    Half a dozen companies on South Padre Island and the neighboring town of Port Isabel offer Dolphin Watch cruises. We took one out of Port Isabel (See our activity tip under that town's page) and enjoyed it so much that we went back for a second Dolphin Watch a couple of days later. Not only did we see numerous dolphins up close, but during a portion of the cruise a net was dragged behind the boat and a wide assortment of interesting sea life was pulled up and put into a tank for us to view. We saw crabs, flounder, shrimp, snails, squid, and much more before they were all released back into the bay. The picture is of a Dolphin Watch boat from another company which was taken from our boat when we passed it.

    One of the Dolphin Watch Boats
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    Come Meet the Sea Turtles

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 5, 2004

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    The Sea Turtle Rescue Center is operated by Sea Turtle, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping sick or injured sea turtles. It was founded in 1977 by Lla Loetscher, the "Turtle Lady of South Padre Island". Ms. Loetscher, a pioneer woman aviator and friend of Amelia Earhart, lived into her mid-90s and passed away a few years ago. She devoted the final decades of her life to rescuing the Kemps Ridley and other endangered or threatened sea turtles.

    Karen and I attended the 10:00 a.m. educational presentation and feeding ($3.00 adult donation, $1.00 children) which is held daily, Tuesday through Sunday. Guided tours are also available on the same days from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Come and hear the fascinating story of the different species, how to identify them, how they can become injured, and what you can do to help protect them.

    Some of the rehabilitated turtles from this small facility have gone to the great aquariums of the world, including the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

    Karen in front of the Sea Turtle Rescue Center
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    • Eco-Tourism

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    by deeper_blue Written Jun 12, 2007

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    Take a dip in the gulf of Mexico and do some sunbathing.
    Take care to leave the beach the way you found it. Fines are pricey

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    Discover Sea Turtles!

    by rsleisk Updated Aug 8, 2005

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    Sea Turtle was the home of Ila Loetscher, better known as "The Turtle Lady of South Padre Island." It has expanded its scope to actively support the conservation of all marine turtle species.

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    • Aquarium
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