World’s largest mesquite carved turtle unveiled on SPI

By Gaige Davila
editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com

A sea turtle sculpture made by Andy Hancock, celebrating the new turtle nesting and hatching season. Photo by Sharon Campbell.

A hand-carved, seven-foot and ten inch tall by eight-foot-long, six and half-foot wide wooden sea turtle sculpture is now displayed in front of Sea Ranch Restaurant, in what the City of South Padre Island calls a “record breaking tribute” to South Padre Island sea turtles. .

The 400-pound, mesquite wood sculpture, celebrating the new turtle nesting and hatching season, was made by local artist Andy Hancock, commissioned by Bob Friedman, owner of Sea Ranch Restaurant, and co-funded by the City of South Padre Island.

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