Yesterday I posted this picture on Facebook and asked everyone to guess where we were going, that we weren’t going on a Dolphin Watch, but we did see dolphins. And that they should standby for more information.
Well here is, to use a famous Paul Harvey saying, “The Rest of the Story”
A week or so ago I found out that Sea Turtle Inc. were going to release more turtles. We had seen turtles being released from the beach before, but this time they were going to be released from a boat. We had to go. I quickly called and was put on a wait list, we were in spots 3 and 4. The person I talked to said they would be calling everyone before the event to ensure they were still coming and if there were any cancellations, they would let us know. We were a little disappointed, but hey, a lot of things can happen in a week.
The boat was scheduled to leave at 5:30 PM yesterday, Saturday March 24th. We did not get any call to say we were now on the confirmed list. So on the off-chance there was room, we headed out to the dock for 5 o’clock. The young lady I spoke to at the dock sort of smiled when I told here our situation and she told us we could wait and see. They were still waiting for a few more passengers to check in. We settled in at a table in the shade. In a short period of time this same young lady smiled and motioned to me to come over. It seems there now was room on the boat. I paid for our boarding passes and by 5:20 we were standing in line to get on one of the two boats doing the release. The picture above is the boat we were on.
The Captain told us that there were 5 sea turtles in each boat. Five would be released from the back of the boat we were on and the people at the back could see that. The other boat would do the same, except the boat we were on would then be pointed at their stern. The people at the front of our boat, that was us, would get to see those turtles being released. Being one of the last people to board and at the front of the boat, we might have gotten the best seats.
We headed out to between the jetties at South Padre Island and Boca Chica. Along the way the Captain gave us a short talk on the original causeway and the dolphins in the bay. Here are a few of my dolphin pictures.
From between the jetties at South Padre Island and Boca Chica, we headed back toward Port Isabel. We passed by the original causeway. As a side note, this bridge was decommissioned after only a few years because the sea water they used to make the concrete was eating away at the rebar used in the construction. We then passed under the new causeway which is named the Queen Isabella Causeway.
Once we got through the causeway the two boats came together and the turtles were released.
After we got back to the RV, I did a little looking’ around and found that Sea Turtle Inc had video recorded the release. You can get a look at it here. You may even see or hear someone you know. With everyone in their new home we headed back to port. Along the way we saw a lone Osprey sitting at the base of a power pole, waiting for lunch to pass by.
As well, I was able to get two panorama shots of South Padre Island. You should be able to click on the picture and then expand it so you can get a larger view.
After our excursion, we stopped in at Dirty Al’s Seafood Restaurant. There was quite a line up so we stood by the bar and ordered our’s to-go. Their Blackened Shrimp Tacos are really good.
We had a really nice day yesterday, unfortunately we were unable to say Good-Bye to our friends, Steve, Cindy and Ruby who slipped away this morning for new adventures at Big Bend National Park. We wish them safe and happy travels as they make their way home to Colorado.