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I heart turtles.

Sea Turtle Inc. on South Padre Island: http://www.seaturtleinc.org/

According to their website, “The founder of Sea Turtle, Inc. was Ila Fox Loetscher. She was originally from Iowa. Prior to her fame as “The Turtle Lady of South Padre”, Ila was well known as a pilot. She was the first licensed women pilot in both Iowa and Illinois! She was a contemporary and frequent correspondent of Amelia Earhart as well as one of the original “99’s” (a support group of women pilots organized in 1929).”

This is Allison. She is a very special Atlantic Green Sea Turtle:

Back in 2005, Allison survived a predator attack with one remaining flipper. With only one flipper, she swam in circles. In 2009, an intern designed a prosthetic device to help Allison swim better. Now she’s famous!

Check out the educational model of different shell sizes:

Adopt-a-Turtle Programs: http://www.seaturtleinc.org/adoptaturtle.htm

  • $10 for a hatchling (Bonus – You get to name it! I named mine “Damai,” which means “peace” in Indonesian.)
  • $30 to support a resident sea turtle (Choose Hang Ten, Merry Christmas, Scooter, Allison, Gerry, Fred, or MJ.)

One of the success boards at Sea Turtle Inc.:

One of the little guys (about two years old) with an injured flipper:

This is Gerry, the most popular resident turtle among visitors for his friendliness and willingness to have his picture taken.

He’s met Johnny Carson and David Letterman. Six degrees of separation! 🙂

Yup, turtles rule.

So remember to avoid plastic bags (or at least recycle them), don’t dump anything into the ocean or leave trash at the beach, and don’t release balloons since they look like jelly fish when they pop and fall into the water. Thanks!!!


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