Sea Turtles & Satellite Tracking

On May 9, 2015, an adult female Kemp's ridley sea turtle nested at Padre Island National Seashore (Corpus Christi, Texas) and was named Mary Ann in honor of our very own Mary Ann Tous of The Turtle Lady Legacy.

This particular turtle has been outfitted with a Sirtrack Kiwisat 202 satellite transmitter and her movements are being tracked to learn more about sea turtle migrations in the wild. Mary Ann the turtle last came ashore to nest on Memorial Day, May 25th, on North Padre Island. Her accelerometer was retrieved and her transmitter looks good so she should continue to transmit her locations.

Typically, when they have finished nesting for the year they will leave the nesting location and swim off to foraging grounds. Most will forage in the northern Gulf waters, but a few have been tracked as far south as Mexico after nesting. If Mary Ann the turtle stays in south Texas for several more days, it is likely that she will nest again before the nesting season ends in mid-July.

To follow Mary Ann in the Gulf, click here:
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he Turtle Lady Legacy is a non-profit organization which is committed to continuing the work of Ila Loetscher and memorializing her historic efforts to save the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle from extinction. Founded by Ila's niece Mary Ann Tous in 2005, the goals of The Turtle Lady Legacy are twofold.
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The first goal is to spread awareness about the importance of sea turtle conservation through educational  programs while the other goal is to create a lasting tribute to Ila's historically significant life.  The collection of her correspondence, recognitions, journals, and other items has never before been available to the general public and it is our mission to share it with the world.
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It's our 10-Year Anniversary!

Since our official founding in 2005, it's been a full decade of activities and events all in support of sea turtle survival.

At this time, we'd like to extend our sincerest appreciation to everyone who has attended our public presentations, donated much-needed funds to assist us in our mission, or who has simply cheered us on.  

It has been nothing less than a labor of love and we look forward to the next 10 years!

Whereas Ila was the original founder of Sea Turtle Inc.,
The Turtle Lady Legacy is not affiliated with the organization
and relies solely on donations
in order to continue the programs which we provide for the public without charge.


The Turtle Lady Legacy
is an Approved Partner
of the

 Texas Master Naturalist Program

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For more information about this organization, click here

Please visit our booth at the upcoming

June 19-20, 2015
at the South Padre Island Convention Center

For more information, click here

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It's Almost Hatchling Time!

Sea Turtle Hatchling Release on South Padre Island                                

Public hatchling releases are held at 7:00 a.m. at County Beach Access 3 on South Padre Island during the months of June, July and August. The first estimated hatchling release for 2015 is June 14 - 18.
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