Stranded sea turtle gets second chance at life thanks to recovery, rehabilitation team

The turtle will spend time at a rehabilitation facility, officials say

Image courtesy of the Padre Island National Seashore. (Copyright 2021 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

One stranded Loggerhead sea turtle has gotten the chance of its lifetime — quite literally.

According to a Facebook post by the Padre Island National Seashore, staff with the Division of Sea Turtles Science and Recovery rescued a stranded loggerhead sea turtle on the seashore Sunday.

According to officials, the turtle was in “definite need of help,” covered in barnacles and was taken to the Texas Sealife Center for evaluation and rehabilitation.

According to seashore officials, even though it is sea turtle nesting season, stranded turtles can wash in at any time.

Stranded Loggerhead Gets a Second Chance Today staff with the Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery came to the...

Posted by Padre Island NS Division of Sea Turtle Science & Recovery on Sunday, May 23, 2021

If you are out at the park and find a turtle nesting or stranded, you can help by notifying a passing turtle patroller or by calling 1-866-TURTLES.

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Jakob Rodriguez is a digital journalist at KSAT 12. He's a graduate of Texas State University, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the student-run newspaper, The University Star.