The Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network (STSSN) is a national network of volunteers that document sea turtles that are found stranded in the U.S. A stranded sea turtle is one that is located washed ashore or floating, alive or dead. If it is alive, it is generally in a weakened condition. Live turtles are taken to rehabilitation facilities where they receive care, and usually many of them survive and are ultimately released. Dead turtles are often salvaged for necropsy and study. Specimens are often collected from stranded turtles and shipped to requesting investigators for use in studies that they are conducting.
Most live stranded turtles found at Padre Island National Seashore are taken to the ARK (Animal Rehabilitation Keep), in Port Aransas, Texas. However, when there is a large stranding event turtles are also taken to the Texas State Aquarium or Texas Parks and Wildlife Department CCA/CPL Marine Development Center in Corpus Christi.