FAQs

No. It is prohibited to touch the sea turtles or put your hands in the water.  Sea turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Contact with sea turtles requires both Federal and State permits. Additionally, sea turtles have powerful jaws and strong bites. Visitors could potentially be bitten by patients. 

No, visitors are not permitted to feed the sea turtles. We have 1-2 feedings per day that the public is welcome to watch. Please check our daily schedule for feeding times. 

Yes! Your admission allows you to visit both of our facilities. They are connected by a 500 foot boardwalk over our saltwater lagoon. 

We do not conduct guided tours during our open hours, however, we do have daily educational presentations.  Volunteers and staff members are available in the facility to answer questions. 

After hours guided tours will be available in 2020 for an additional fee. Please call the Education Department for more information: 956-761-4511 ext 3

We want our visitors to have ample time to enjoy our facilities and the sea turtles. By cutting off ticket sales, we ensure that visitors that come in later in the afternoon have time to see all the tanks. We close promptly at 4pm (5pm in the summer). 

Parking at Sea Turtle, Inc., during open hours, is free to our visitors. Parking is available next to both the Rehabilitation and Education Centers. 

No. We have no vending machines at this time. Drinking fountains are available, however, we recommend that our visitors bring their own reusable water bottles! 

Yes! Volunteers are an essential part of our Sea Turtle, Inc. family! We accept applications for volunteers that will be here for a minimum of 3 months. 

Typically our baby sea turtles hatch in mid-June to early August. 

Estimated hatchling release dates will be posted for 2020 in April & May when the females start nesting. 

Hatchling releases are announced between 5:30-6am on our Facebook page. These announcements are only done during hatchling season (mid-June to early August). 

You can also purchase a Sea Turtle, Inc. Membership to receive text notifications about releases. 

Not all hatchling releases are open to the public. They can only be released when they are in an active state (known as a frenzy). When the hatchlings frenzy in the middle of the night, they are released on the isolated northern beaches by trained staff members. These releases are not open to the public. When they frenzy at dawn, we host public releases at County Access 3 at 6:45am. 

Sea Turtle, Inc. allows friendly dogs and cats on leashes or in strollers! 

No, unfortunately we do not have the capacity to accept pet turtles. 

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