SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — A green sea turtle that's missing a flipper is recovering after being tossed onto a Texas beach by the hurricane whose name it now carries.
Turtle lover Mary Ann Tous of South Padre Island was home last Wednesday as Hurricane Alex kicked up surf and rain before making landfall in northern Mexico.
The Valley Morning Star reports a law officer knocked on her door to say a turtle was in trouble. Tous says her husband accompanied the officer and retrieved the battered turtle.
Tous contacted Sea Turtle Inc. and offered to keep newly named turtle Alex overnight, until the hurricane subsided.
Zoologist Adrienne McCracken says Alex has since been cleaned, measured and put into isolation, with a goal of releasing the estimated 2-year-old turtle back into the wild.