Before leaving Padre Island we went to Corpus Cristi to see the Texas State Aquarium and the aircraft carrier USS Lexington.
The aquarium had exhibits on local sea life from the Gulf, including the the role the oil rigs have played on forming underwater ecosystems, the invasive lionfish and the endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle. If you catch a lionfish, there are restaurants that will cook it up for you!
|Sea turtle at Texas State Aquarium|
Comb jellies always put on a good show!
|Flight deck of the Lexington|
The Lexington saw major action in the Pacific and became known as the "Blue Ghost" because it was reported sunk four times by "Tokyo Rose", but yet kept re-appearing!
|South Padre Island across Laguna Madre|