Coastal Studies Lab serves as sea turtle refuge from the cold
Contact: Amanda Perez, Intern (956) 665-2741
Posted: 02/08/2011
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The University of Texas-Pan American Coastal Studies Lab (CSL) was refuge to more than 800 cold-stunned sea turtles that were rescued off the South Texas coast from the freezing temperatures the Rio Grande Valley experienced last week. The turtles were placed in plastic kiddie pools and on rubber mats, occupying the floors of the CSL's public display area, break room, men's and women's bathrooms, and the large and small lab rooms. Sea Turtle, Inc. organized the rescue effort which included local beachgoers as well as partners from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Gladys Porter Zoo, National Park Service, Sea Life Center of Port Isabel, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. About 150 volunteers helped number, measure and weigh the turtles in order to keep official records of those that had been rescued and rehabilitated. As of Feb. 9, all the turtles had been released into the surf in front of the CSL, which is located in Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island. Go to at the Sea Turtle,Inc. website to see a photo gallery of the rescue. For more information on the CSL, go to their website at