Though primarily charged with conducting marine research, the Sea Life Facility is able to provide a place for sea turtles recovering from illness or injury to regain their strength, grow and complete their recovery prior to their release back to the Gulf of Mexico. All of the sea turtles at TAMUG's Sea Life Facility were first assessed and treated by biologists at the National Marine Fisheries Service sea turtle rehabitlitation facility in Galveston.
Additionally, the SLF Outreach Center allows for the public to learn more about the biology, ecology and conservation of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. Turtles currently resising in the facility can be observed through the viewing glass in the Outreach Center. This ensures that interactions or distracting noises are kept to a minimum for the health of the turtle. You may also view any turtles in the facility by the Sea Turtle Web Cam.
Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas)
Released date: 6/14/2013
Date released: 9/17/2012
Date released: 5/30/2012
Kemp's ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii)
Date released: 7/8/2013