About us

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

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.

Originally this organization was formed to aid in the protection and recovery of the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle. Our mission has since expanded into three parts: Education, Rehabilitation and Conservation.

Today, Sea Turtle, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit that is funded through public donations and gift shop sales. We do not receive any government funding.

Donations help with the upkeep of the sea turtles housed at the facility. This includes food, medications, heaters, filters, water and electricity. Donations are also used to support Sea Turtle, Inc.’s educational programs. In addition, about 20 percent of our income is used to fund alternative resource and conservation projects involving sea turtles around the world, increasing our conservation reach.

We hope you consider supporting us by visiting Sea Turtle, Inc. and contributing to our cause.