The mission of Turtles About Town is to bring together art, awareness, and advocacy.

Turtles About Town is a community art project showcasing the City of Galveston and the conservation efforts of Turtle Island Restoration Network to protect endangered sea turtles on the upper Texas coast.

Turtle lovers of all ages have the opportunity to see 19 colorful Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle statues that have popped up around Galveston Island, Texas.

Businesses and organizations graciously sponsored the turtles while local artists were commissioned to give each one its own personality and meaning that is representative of Galveston. Enjoy your tour and tag images with #TurtlesAboutTown!

Map & Statue Locations

See a sea turtle? Take a ‘shellfie! Enjoy your tour and tag images with #TurtlesAboutTown!

Click here to download a map of the turtles.

Pelican Island

Spirit of Sea Aggieland

Location: Texas A&M University at Galveston, 200 Seawolf Pkwy, Galveston, TX 77554
Artist: Nick Dominique
“For this turtle, the inspiration came from the city of Galveston and the Texas A&M Galveston Campus.”
Sponsor: The Department of Liberal Studies, Texas A&M University at Galveston
“The Department of Liberal Studies – on behalf of its new Tourism and Coastal Community Development program – was excited to sponsor and raise awareness of the Kemp’s Ridley turtles. The program aligns with our goal of educating students to become leaders in the tourism industry, while also helping coastal communities develop sustainably!”


Location: Galveston Naval Museum at Seawolf Park, 100 Seawolf Park Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
Artist: Brian “Visker” Mahanay & Hannah Claudia James
“Zeke was inspired by one of our museum’s main attractions, the USS Cavalla WWII submarine.”
Sponsor: The Galveston Naval Museum
“The Galveston Naval Museum was proud to sponsor Turtles About Town because we believe in the TIRN’s mission.”

Galveston East End

Dr. Tommie Tortuga

Location: UTMB Health, 712 Texas Ave., Galveston, TX 77555
Artist: Sabrina Stachowski
“Being part of this project puts a smile on my face unlike any other.”
Sponsor: UTMB Health
“Dr. Tommie Tortuga is a colorful reminder not only of our mission to improve health but also of the Gulf Coast region UTMB Health calls home.”

Downtown Central

The Protector

Location: Galveston City Hall, 823 25th St., Galveston, TX 77550
“Our protectors serving this island with knowledge and love.”
Sponsors: Lynch Family Fund, Dominick and Barbara Sasser, Peaches and Shrub Kempner
“We are pleased to be part of the sponsor group who are helping to heighten the awareness of the plight of the sea turtles.”

Sargasso Susan

Location: Galveston Art League, 2117a Postoffice St., Galveston, TX 77550
Artist: Leroy LeFlore
“The colors represent the Sargasso Sea and the Flower Gardens Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico.”
Sponsor: Galveston Art League
“The turtle promotes those things the members of the Galveston Art League hold dear: nature, wildlife, conservation, local history, and art. It was a good match.”

Mermaid + Turtle = Mertle!

Location: Clay Cup Studios, 2219 Postoffice St., Galveston, TX 77550
Artist: Tracy Van Horn Reed
“Perfect project for my services to a worthy cause.”
Sponsor: Tom’s Galveston Real Estate
“An innovative and fun way to increase the quality of life in Galveston.”


Location: Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream, 2120 Postoffice St., Galveston, TX 77550
Artist: Shay McAnally
“There is nothing quite like that last bite of half melted ice cream in the bottom of the waffle cone, and there is nothing like swimming with a 70-year-old sea turtle in waist high water.”
Sponsor: Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream
“Hey Mikey’s is happy to support the turtles as they represent the fantastic community of Galveston coming together for a great cause.”


Location: Kempner Park, 2704 Avenue O, Galveston, TX 77550
Artist: Derek Anderson
“I believe you have to give to the island what the island gives to you.”
Sponsor: Alice Taylor Gray Foundation
“ATG Foundation sponsorship is in honor of Ms. Gray’s commitment to improve the lives of children and animals in Galveston.”

Tiger Lily

Location: Therapeutic HealthWorks Day Spa, 2114 Sealy St., Galveston, TX 77550
Artist: Isabella Carlin Alvarado
“Calming atmosphere for the spa and still bright and colorful.”
Sponsor: Therapeutic HealthWorks Day Spa
“Art, Galveston, and a worthy cause all blended into one great program inspired THW to participate!”


Location: Strand Brass & Surf Styles, 2115 and 2119 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550
Artist: Kathryn Zimmerman
“Kemps Ridley sea turtle body surfing along a vibrant current of native island flora.”
Sponsors: Strand Brass and Christmas on the Strand and Surf Styles,
“Surf Styles and Strand Brass love the idea of bringing art to The Strand with the ‘Turtles about Town Tour,’ raising awareness for the Kemps Ridley sea turtle was an amazing avenue to get that done!”

Siren’s Tide

Location: Ronald McDonald House, 301 14th St., Galveston, TX 77550
Artist: Mary Ruth Brown
“Mermaid inspired by early 20th century Galveston advertisements.”
Sponsor: Harbor House Hotel & Marina
“We wanted to be part of this experience of Turtles about Town.”


Location: The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st St., Galveston, TX 77550
Artist: Ray Cosgrove
“Sun reflections and a breath of air.”
Sponsor: The Bryan Museum
“The Bryan Museum supports the conservation and plight of the sea turtle.”

La Calavera

Location: Asset Recovery Management Services, 2728 Market St., Galveston, TX 77550
Artist: Mary Ruth Brown
“Dia de los Muertos depicts some of the main causes of sea turtle mortality.”
Sponsor: Asset Recovery Management
“We decided to participate in this program to help raise awareness about the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle as well as support our local artists.”

Galveston West End


Location: Crockett Park Baseball Complex, 2601 53rd St., Galveston TX 77551
Artist: Shaifer Laine Golan
“A colorful rendition of sweet memories on a summer day at the ball park.”
Sponsor: Better Parks for Galveston
“We sponsored the project as part of BPG’s Art in the Park initiative.”


Location: Sugar Bean, 11 Evia Main, Galveston, TX 77554
Artist: Shawne Moore
“Southern charm and landscaping that is so unique to Evia.”
Sponsor: Sugar Bean Coffee & Cream
“We love the turtle that we call “Latte” … because that’s “a latte turtle.”


Location: Campeche Cove Animal Clinic, 10015 Stewart Rd., Galveston, TX 77554
Artist: Jane Young French
“Cam”, was inspired by sea turtles naturally occurring patterns, with land’s best friends playfully catching a ride.”
Sponsor: Campeche Cove Animal & Bird Hospital
“Fun way to honor the environment we live in and the work that Turtle Island Restoration Network is doing to support the marine environment and sea turtles.”

Queen of the Sea

Location: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX 77554
Artist: Lenexa Juliet Frances Morais
“Art brings attention to turtle conservation and our art culture.”
Sponsor: Moody Gardens
“We are working to bring attention to the challenges that face sea turtles and actions to take to improve our natural world.”

Shelly Sandersun

Location: Sand ‘N Sea Properties, 13706 FM3005, Galveston, TX 77554
Artist: Ellie Peters
“I was thrilled to be asked to be part of a project that brings awareness to the plight of the sea turtle. Our island belongs to them as much as it does to us.”
Sponsor: Sand ‘N Sea Properties
“We think it’s a great way to promote conservation and to bring attention to sea turtles; plus Sand ‘N Sea’s founder is a turtle fan!”


Location: Oppe Elementary, 2915 81st St., Galveston, TX 77554
“Protecting our ocean is important because it’s covering most of the world where WE live!”
Sponsor: Abel Longoria & Family, Oppe PTO
“To instill in our children the importance of conservation, preservation and restoration of our coastal environment.”

The Kemp’s Ridley

The Kemp’s Ridley is the Texas State sea turtle and the smallest and most critically endangered sea turtle species. This turtle nests on the beaches along the Texas and Mexico shoreline and can be found in Gulf of Mexico waters off the Galveston coastline.

Turtle Island Restoration Network’s team in the Gulf of Mexico has been part of the sea turtle nest patrol on the upper Texas coast every year since 2002, supporting the protection of nesting sea turtles and their eggs and sponsoring the sea turtle rescue hotline (if you’re on the upper Texas coast and see a sea turtle on the beach, please call 866-TURTLE-5).

Clay Cup Studios

Clay Cup Studios is a Galveston Art Studio that offers paint your own pottery, canvas painting, glass fusion and Art’tini. Owner Amy Owens has a passion for her family and her community. Coming from a family heavily involved in the arts, she saw a need in Galveston for a destination that families and friends could go to relax, have fun and get creative. She makes it a point to use Clay Cup for education and community outreach.

This project encompasses so many things that make me proud to be a Galvestonian. This concerted effort to bring awareness to what public art can do for a community, as well as the conservation minded effort behind the message is beautifully done and we are proud to have the first statue here at City Hall.

Jim YarbroughMayor of the City of Galveston

How to Get Involved

Join us in protecting sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.