As I’m sure most of y’all have heard we have had some really cold weather in Texas . Part of living in the tropics means that it does not freeze, Welp it’s not supposed to. They build things different down here, for warmer weather. The local marine life can’t handle the cold. So we wanted to share our story about what we did to try and help out.
Lot’s of juvenile green sea turtles live in the waters here year-round and adults nest on Padre Island in low numbers. Loggerhead sea turtles also nest in the state park in low numbers and forage offshore. Leatherback sea turtles can be found from time to time. They pulled a 400LB Leatherback bye the sea wall on the north end of the island, over 200 years old.
We jumped in the truck and headed over to Boca Chica which is the last stretch of beach before you get to Mexico south of South Padre. The Sea turtles were washed up by the thousands.. The cold temps and frigid waters sends the turtles into shock and they can drown in less then an inch of water. We ended up with a convoy of 4×4 trucks and loaded up hundreds of these amazing creatures after we spent hours pulling them from the freezing salt water just to rest them on the beach with their heads out of the water.
Our turtle rescue center became full and thankfully our local community center opened it’s doors giving the majestic creatures a place to warm up and come back to life. Some will need less than 24 hours before the are ready to return to the ocean some a few days and even longer. It’s amazing how our little sandbar community of less than 2,500 souls managed to rescue over 3,300 Sea turtles. Hat’s to you my friends and community members for doing your part to help our Local marine life.