Port Aransas, Texas: Where the Sea Turtles Roam

Today, on the 7th birthday of WordPress (woohoo!), I spent the official day off with my parents in Port Aransas, Texas, an adorable beach town about 30 minutes from Corpus Christi, my hometown.

We decided to go because my friends and former newspaper colleagues (way back when) just published a book, Surfing Corpus Christi and Port Aransas. I picked up a copy and had Dan and Michelle sign it. I love the book’s dedication: “To all Texas surfers, past, present and future.” Rock on, Dan and Michelle, you seriously are one of the coolest couples out there.

After the book signing, we headed down to a park next to the Port Aransas ferry. Growing up, my father spent a lot of time fishing and hanging out in this area, and he never remembers seeing sea turtles floating around the jetty. Thanks to enormous conservation efforts — both from federally supported sea turtle rescue/release and places like the ARK — the sea turtles have returned. (And if you’re looking for a place to throw your money at, may I recommend the ARK? Good, good people volunteer there.)

We went today in the late afternoon, and stood on the big granite jetty rocks. In the distance, dolphins rolled through the water, and at our feet, sea turtles hunted for a mid-afternoon snack. It really took no effort on our parts to find this nature, it came to us.

I love that just earlier this week (see previous post), I was hanging out with aquatic (freshwater) turtles in Central Texas, and today I hung out with marine (saltwater) turtles. Mother Nature is showing me mercy this week. I really do love Texas. She gets under your skin and stays there, no matter what. Stay wild, Texas!

My parents scouting for sea turtles and dolphins.

Port Aransas Sea Turtle

Wait, what's that brown spot beneath the water? OMGSEATURTLE!

Port Aransas Sea Turtle

Obviously, you *can* have a close encounter with sea turtles in Texas. Real, honest-to-goodness wild, not captive sea turtles, folks. Forget the aquarium, just go to the jetty!

And s/he dives back down. Hasta pronto, tortugita!

Bottlenose dolphins are plentiful in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Here they ride the bow waves of a Greek ship. Oh, to have a good zoom lens.

The view beneath Horace Caldwell Pier on the beach in Port Aransas.

My crab legs dinner at Virginia's in Port Aransas. As much as I love seafood, I do try to limit eating it to only when I'm on vacation. But god, so good.

2 thoughts on “Port Aransas, Texas: Where the Sea Turtles Roam

  1. Alice R says:

    Thank you for sharing your pictures of the turtles, I’ve been to Port A lots of times on vacation but I have yet to see a turtle. Gives me hope of seeing one.

    • Joy Victory says:

      Yes, they were everywhere that day. We went back a year later or so, and didn’t see any. You can also visit ARK — Animal Rehabilitation Keep — where they rescue and aid injured sea turtles. It’s on the UTMSI campus by the jetties.

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