Adopt a turtle

Adopt and name a nesting turtle!– Each season we see dozens of individual female turtles and while they have flipper tags, we like to give them names to remember them better as the season goes on. For example, SPP056 is one of our special leatherback turtles. She nested twice in 2016 and one of our team members, Dana, named her Rapunzel. After her second nest though, she was attacked by a shark as she got back in the water and we didn’t see her again that season. We thought we may have lost her. But to our surprise (because it’s unusual for leatherbacks), she nested again in 2017 and was one of our champion nesters! No lasting impacts from the shark attack.

For a $100 donation to the St. Croix Sea Turtle Project, you can name a nesting sea turtle. You can choose your species – leatherback, green or hawksbill! ** Please note, we are out of leatherback adoptions for 2022 until we see how many arrive – so please choose a green or hawksbill turtle instead. You’ll receive a certificate of adoption that you can print, a project T-shirt, a sticker, recognition on our website, and a summary at the end of the season with your turtle’s stats (# of nests, dates seen, etc.). (See an example of a turtle summary here!). To name a turtle, go to the following link, enter your information, and in the Comments box, add the name you’d like for your turtle, the species you’d like, and who you are naming the turtle for. Name your turtle for this season!

In the early morning light, volunteer Dana takes notes on Rapunzel’s condition and nest.

Your donations for naming turtles ultimately support our volunteer team, who spend their summers dedicated to protecting turtles. Donations are fully tax-deductible (you will receive an email and tax letter instantly upon donating) and are so much appreciated! Thank you for your support!

The St. Croix Sea Turtle Project is sponsored by The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, in cooperation with US Fish and Wildlife Service at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.

All photos on this website were taken under appropriate Endangered Species Permits during the course of approved research. No photos may be reproduced, or copied and used without permission. Thank you.