Sea Turtle Facility Tour

Did you know that all but one species of sea turtles is on the endangered list and the other one is on the threatened list?

This morning, I toured the NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Galveston Sea Turtle Facility.This is the facility where we think the injured turtle we helped rescue was taken. If you missed that post, you can read it here.

The sea turtle facility participates in the international Sea Turtle recovery program. And what a great program it is! You can read more about the program on their website; but if you have the chance to take the tour, I encourage you to do so! It’s an eye-opening experience of how and why these wonderful creatures have become endangered, and a first-hand look at just a small part of the hard work that staff and volunteers are doing!

Today’s tour was given by two extremely knowledgeable volunteers, Kristen and TJ. The first half of the tour is an informative powerpoint presentation and the second half is a tour of the turtle barn.

On our walk to the turtle barn from the classroom, we were able to see a shrimp trawl (net) which was equipped with a TED, Turtle Excluder Device. This provides an escape route for the turtle should it be caught in the net. (it was super humid and I hadn’t given my camera lens time to acclimate to the temperature! Therefore, it fogged up!)

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This is only about half the length of the net. The left side shows the bars that stop the turtle from going any further in the net and can make it’s escape.
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A small portion of the turtle barn.

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So if you are going to visit the island and have a couple of hours to spare, be sure and reserve yourself a spot on this awesome tour. FYI – the tours are sometimes booked a couple of months out, so be sure and make your reservations early.

Y’all have a great day!

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