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The Sea Turtle Recovery is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the rehabilitation, preservation and conservation of Sea Turtles.  STR’s goal is to rehabilitate sick or injured Sea Turtles for their release back to the wild. The Sea Turtle Recovery also educates the public on the important ecological role of sea turtles, threats endangering them, and ways to protect their future.

Please consider donating to help save these turtles!

STR provides staffing, food, medicine, surgeries and other treatments to sick and injured sea turtles until they can be released back into the ocean. Sea Turtle Recovery treats many ailments in sea turtles including illness, injuries, and cold stunning (similar to hypothermia in humans).   STR often treats patients with injuries such as pollution ingestion, propeller cuts, fishing gear interactions, and broken bones. 

ADOPTIONS AVAILABLE:

[*Adoptions are a sponsorship only, and each sea turtle may have multiple adopters due to rehabilitation costs and efforts.*]
Some sea turtles are now available for adoption  (Please note these are sick and injured animals and their health until release cannot be guaranteed.)  Your support will help with general sea turtle care including food, medication, vet supplies, etc. Donate $30 and we will send you a thank you packet containing an adoption certificate with a short description of your turtle and a 3 in x 4 in photo magnet of the turtle you sponsor. If applicable, we will email you a photo of your adopted turtle after it is released. Current adoptable turtles have an adoption button below them.   NOTE: Stories and photos received are protected by copyright and are not to be redistributed, sold, or published without written permission.  All rights reserved-STR.

Interested in sponsoring the full estimated cost of rehabilitation? Click here for sponsorship information.

 

Released 2017 Patients

STR-17-001: Bailey

This Loggerhead sea turtle was stranded in Virginia due to becoming cold stunned and enjoys eating capelin and herring while recovering. Released in Maryland Oct. 5th, 2017.

STR-17-002: Stony

This Loggerhead sea turtle has an old healed injury on its carapace from an unknown cause. Stony became cold stunned in Virginia. Currently Stony is struggling with a bad case of pneumonia. Released! Stony was released in St. Augustine, FL.

STR-17-003: Humphrey

This Loggerhead sea turtle is still a juvenile weighing in at 88lbs. Humphrey stranded because he became cold stunned in Virginia. Humphrey enjoys eating a lot of squid. RELEASED Aug. 8th! This is the first Loggerhead released by STR after rehabilitation and the first sea turtle released after long term care in the state of New Jersey.

STR-17-004: Tammie

This adult female Loggerhead sea turtle was rescued by the Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence Lawson. She has five propellar cuts across her carapace and has an infection. Tammie was named after the coast guard ship Tamoroa. STR removed 38lbs of barnacles and mussel off of her damaged carapace. She is now eating and recovering well. Released Healthy Sept. 2018!

STR-17-006: Chester

This Loggerhead has had a rough time with human interactions and had stranded cold stunned on 11/24/17. Chester shows evidence of a past/old entanglement around the torso. Chester also stranded with two puncture wounds on the lower mandible that extend inside the mouth. This wounds and the infection it caused is believed to be from a fishing hook. Chester is now on antibiotics and beginning to heal. Released in Florida April 10, 2018.

STR-17-007: Glacier

This Kemp’s Ridley stranded in New Jersey. Glacier is on antibiotics and had stranded cold stunned. Glacier also has a fractured ulna and radius. Released healthy! Sept 2018

STR-17-009: Nutmeg

This Green Sea Turtle stranded in New Jersey. Nutmeg had stranded cold stunned and is working to regain strength. Released in Florida April 10, 2018.

STR-17-010: Kermitt

This Kemp’s Ridley is our smallest sea turtle currently in need of care. It stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Released in Maryland on June 25th, 2018

STR-17-012: Sand

This sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Released in Maryland on June 25th, 2018

STR-17-013: Cayman

This sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Released in Florida April 10, 2018.

STR-17-014: Milo

This sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Released in Maryland on June 25th, 2018

STR-17-015: Junior

This sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Released healthy! Sept 2018

STR-17-016: Shellbie

This sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Released healthy! Sept 2018

STR-17-017: Skippy

This sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Released in Florida April 10, 2018.

STR-17-018: Wolverine

This sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts the winter of 2017. Wolverine survived the initial hypothermia, but the shock to his body had drastic effects. Wolverine has fought hard to survive and is almost ready to return to the wild! Released healthy! March 2019

STR-17-020: Breaker

This sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Released in Florida April 10, 2018.

STR-17-022: Kyle

This sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Released healthy! March 2019

STR-17-023: Evan

This sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Released healthy! March 2019

STR-17-024: Soda Pop

This sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Released in Georgia May 4, 2018.