• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • Park Phone issues

    The visitor center main phone line is out. To reach the park call (361) 949-8069 or (361) 949-4793. The issue has been reported, however the phone company is having difficulty locating the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Padre Island National Seashore will Conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

    To protect the public from impaired drivers and help ensure a safe park experience for all visitors, Padre Island National Seashore law enforcement will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance.

Look For and Report Stranded Sea Turtles

Stranded green sea turtle

A stranded juvenile green sea turtle entangled in fishing line.

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If you are walking on a shoreline, driving on the beach, or boating, here is a great way that you can help save sea turtles.

Watch for sea turtles that are stranded. A stranded sea turtle is one that is found washed ashore or floating, alive or dead. If it is alive, it is generally in a weakened condition.

Stranded sea turtles can be found in bays, passes, the Gulf of Mexico, or on their shorelines. They can be located year-round.

It is important that you watch for and report stranded sea turtles so that biologists can document them. Live, stranded sea turtles will be taken to rehabilitation facilities to receive care. Dead, stranded sea turtles will sometimes be salvaged for necropsy and study, and when they are not, they will be removed from the beachfront or marked so that they are not documented again.

If you find a stranded sea turtle, please report it by flagging down a passing turtle patroller (April through mid-July) or law enforcement officer, or by calling the appropriate area coordinator. If you do not recall the number for the area coordinator, call 1-866-TURTLE5 and a recorded message will give you that number.

· Report the turtle's location, size, proximity to the surf, and condition (alive or dead).

· Mark the location.

· If the turtle is alive, stay at the site until an official arrives if possible.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated and could make all the difference in ensuring the survivorship of these threatened and endangered turtles.

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