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.
ADOPTIONS AVAILABLE: [*Adoptions are a sponsorship only.*]
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 not to be redistributed, sold, or published without written permission. All rights reserved-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.
17-005 “Sprout” This is Sea Turtle Recovery's first Green Sea Turtle. Sprout stranded on 8/13/17 from being hit by a propellar across the head and carapace. This sea turtle is on antibiotics and beginning to heal.
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.
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.
17-009 “Nutmeg” This Green Sea Turtle stranded in New Jersey. Nutmeg had stranded cold stunned and is working to regain strength.
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.
16-011 “Liberty” This Kemp’s Ridley stranded in New York. Liberty is on antibiotics for fungal pneumonia and had stranded cold stunned. Released! Liberty was released in St Augustine, FL!
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.
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.
16-001 “Navigator” This Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is our smallest sea turtle to date. It stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Released June 7th in North Carolina!
16-002 “Dante” This Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is our largest juvenile Kemp’s Ridley. Dante is 4.73kg and doing well. There is bone exposed on his plastron and he is being treated for this and other injuries caused from being cold stunned in Massachusetts. Update: Released May 3, 2017 in North Carolina.
16-003 "Shreiber" This sea turtle is struggling with buoyancy and can be seen swimming along the surface. STR is working to correct these problems and others caused by becoming cold stunned. Special thanks to JJ Snack Foods for all of their support to Shreiber and STR. Released June 7th in North Carolina!
16-004 "Christine" This sea turtle is by far the most aggressive eater. It stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Update: Realeased May 3, 2017 in North Carolina!
16-005 "Anna Carmella" This Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is a very mellow eater. It stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Release Update: Anna Carmella was released Feb. 27th in St. Augustine, FL.
16-007 "Tenji":This sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. It was a struggle to find a food it was interested in. Finally, squid heads were the trick to this Kemp’s Ridley’s appetite.
Update: Released May 3, 2017 in North Carolina.
16-008 "Asher" This Kemp’s Ridley is our second smallest sea turtle currently in need of care. It stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. Update: Released in North Carolina on May 3, 2017.
16-009 "McLoone" This Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. It is one of several turtles currently receiving antibiotics for pneumonia. It can be seen struggling to be neutrally buoyant while resting.
Released May 3rd- McLoone was a big eater and STR is sure this sea turtle enjoyed some crab as soon as he was released into the ocean.
16-010 "Lloyd" This Kemp’s Rildey sea turtle stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. It is a very active swimmer, and is recovering well. Released June 7th in North Carolina!