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Just across the Queen Isabella Causeway from South Padre Island sits the Sea Life Center.
Inside, visitors get an up close and hands-on look at some of the area’s natural inhabitants. The idea is to help visitors understand what’s in the water around them.
“A little bit of education about the animals, an understanding of the area and how it supports the animals we have in it—the ecology of the area and the science of the area,” Jim White with the center said.
With that understanding, they hope, will come a new level of respect for the natural world.
“Get a better and a deeper understanding of the environment that they live in and the environment that these critters live in,” White said.
Many of the critters are native to the Laguna Madre. Others are rescues that needed a home.
“We want to help people understand that in order to keep a healthy system and a healthy area that we can take a proactive stand and keep our own mess cleaned up,” White said.
Because with so many species depending on that delicate natural balance, every lit bit can make a big difference.