At Sea Turtle, Inc. our mission is to educate the public, rehabilitate injured turtles, and lead with conservation efforts.

2019 mission Achievements

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Meet Allison, the turtle with a prosthetic fin

Allison survived a predator attack in 2005 with only one flipper remaining. For years, Allison could only swim in circles. In 2009, a Sea Turtle, Inc. intern designed a prosthetic device to help Allison swim!

It was the first successful sea turtle prosthetic in the world. Since then, we have gone through several prosthetics, each one improving on the last. Allison has been featured in People Magazine, Discovery Channel, and The Today Show.

Meet Ila, The Turtle Lady

Ila Fox Loetscher is the sole founder of Sea Turtle, Inc. She was originally from Iowa. Prior to her fame as “The Turtle Lady of South Padre”, Ila was well known as a pilot. She was the first licensed female pilot in both Iowa and Illinois! She was a contemporary and frequent correspondent of Amelia Earhart as well as one of the original “99’s” (a support group of women pilots organized in 1929).

By 1977, Ila was receiving so many guests into her home that she formed Sea Turtle, Inc. into the present non-profit. The all-volunteer organization assisted her in education and rehab work with the sea turtles.

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