Report Stranded or Injured Wildlife and Nesting Sea Turtles


Padre Island National Seashore is not a wildlife rehabilitation facility. The park works with area partners to care for stranded or injured wildlife species of special concern.


Sea Turtles

If you hook a sea turtle while fishing, call for help (24-hours) to the Texas Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network at 1-866-TURTLE-5 (1-866-887-8535).



Marine Mammals

Report hooked, sick, injured, or stranded whales and dolphins (24-hours) to the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1-800-9-MAMMAL (1-800-962-6625).

Giant Manta Rays

If you hook a manta ray while fishing, release it immediately. Cut the line as close to the hook as possible. To help scientists, please report sightings with pictures, date, time and location to:


Area Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Facilities

Texas Sealife Center

Address: 14220 S Padre Island Dr Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Phone: (361) 589-4023

Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK)

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute
Address: 750 Channel View Drive Port Aransas, TX 78373
Phone: (361) 749-6711
Injured Shore Bird Ark Hotline: (361) 749-6793

Texas State Aquarium’s Wildlife Rescue Center

Address: 4230 Rincon Rd, Corpus Christi, TX 78402
Phone: (361) 881-1210

Last updated: February 15, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480


(361) 949-8068
Malaquite Visitor Center information line.

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