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 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 2016 Patients
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!
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.
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!
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!
STR-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.
This Kemp’s Ridley has older injuries on its carapace that are healing nicely. It stranded due to becoming cold stunned in Massachusetts. UPDATE: Harry loved sticking his face in the foam as he walked into the ocean. Harry is home. RELEASED 5/3/16
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!