PADRE ISLAND, TX — Recently, the Texas Sealife Center has seen a high volume of owls and turtles show up at their facility. Intern Coordinator, Molly Beal says, "most all of the owls that we have right now are from May, and they were just little babies, orphaned, fallen out of nests. It's not uncommon for us to see babies but it is uncommon for us to see the amount of owls that we've seen this year."
Beal also says that the large amount of greenling turtles in the channels and jetties have caused some concern for the center.
"They're already struggling as it is, we aren't sure of the phenomenon that's occurring but we definitely have to make sure that people understand the importance of letting these turtles be," Beal says.
Although, education is key and Texas Sealife wants the public to understand the importance of baby wildlife, Beal says donations are important and help the facility run properly.
"Majority of our income comes from donations, and that is what we use to supply our animals with food and care."
The Texas Sealife Center has two current projects, one is to get a new sign in front of the building.
The other is to find reliable shade for the turtle tanks, currently they rely on beach tents to keep the sun from beating down on the tanks.
TSC is also in need of volunteers and says it is an all-hands-on-deck facility and asks anyone who is interested to apply on their website at https://www.texassealifecenter.org/.