Our Leatherbacks

Although we have just started our 2019 season, and have not identified any turtles yet (we start ~1 April with night surveys), we do have plenty of turtles already adopted and named! Once we start finding turtles, we will fill in their information here and let their adopted families know that their turtle is nesting! If you’d like to adopt and name a turtle, you can do that on our How You Can Help page!

2019 Leatherback Turtles

#1. Barb – Adopted by friends and family of Barb Keogh (in memory).

#2. Leona – Adopted by James and Rhoda Stewart for their friend Leona.

#3. Lucky – Adopted by Sara Symons for her husband Bill.

#4. Erica – Adopted by Ellen and Tony Drago.

#5. Caroline – Adopted by Ellen and Tony Drago.

#6. Ann – Adopted by volunteer Ann Mulder.

#7. Ariella Cassandra – Adopted by Vanessa Findiesen for her grandson Ben, who gave Ariella Cassandra her name!

#8. Maia Mia – Adopted by Vanessa Findiesen for her grandson Marcus, who gave Maia Mia her name!

#9. Evy – Adopted by Anne Gonzales for her grand-niece Evy, who named the turtle.

#10. Max – Adopted by Anne Gonzales for her niece Rachel, who named the turtle Max.

#11. Kai – Adopted by Martha Henderson for her friend Ashley.

#12. Kea – Adopted by Tawnya Merritt for her daughter Olivia, who named her turtle Kea in memory of her little dog.

#13. Maggie – Adopted by Annabelle Orme for Tim Degraff.

#14. Turtle #14 – Adopted by Gregg Tepe for our volunteer Tracy Cole.

#15. Sadie – Adopted by Martha Henderson for Kara’s mom Sadie.

#16. Wahine Honu – Adopted by Renee and Megan Heil at ReefBox, and named by their subscribers!

#17. Turtle #17 – Adopted by Molly Murray.


Leatherback turtles from the 2018 Season 🙂

We found 38 individual turtles in 2018. You can find their summaries (nesting history, tags, adopted parents, etc.) below. Thank you to all our supporters! You make a huge difference to our volunteer research assistant program by providing funds for groceries!

A few of our volunteer research assistants for the 2018 season!

#1. Agnes – Adopted by Dave and Debbie Bucholtz for Molly.

#2. Jillene – Adopted by Peter and Jillene White.

#3. MaryLisa – Adopted by The Mauney Family.

#4. Amy-Lee – Adopted by Mike McKay for Amy Semple – our 10-season volunteer 🙂

#5. Joasia – Adopted by Mike Stiell for Joasia Pyrz.

#6. Rose – Adopted by Dave and Debbie Bucholtz in memory of their friend Rose.

#7. Jumbie – Adopted by Molly Murray.

#8. Tassi – Adopted by Louisa (Scooter) Porter.

#9. Laurel – Adopted by Carrie Althouse at Althouse Pottery.

#10. Edith – Adopted by Olivia and George Korsun.

#11. Moana – Adopted by The Higgins Family (Kirsten and Tristan).

#12. YaYa – Adopted by The Scarfo Family for our research assistant Alyssa (YaYa).

#13. Milly – Adopted by The Huenefeld Family.

#14. Enid Fern– Adopted by The Freys and Knoells.

#15. Dawn– Adopted by Caretta Nature Tours.

#16. Culebra– Adopted by the STX Leatherback Team in 2016.

#17. Nathalie – Adopted by Avril Amato in memory of her daughter Nathalie.

#18. BB2– Adopted by Amy, Susie and Cathy in memory of dear Becky (BB2).

#19. Nikki – Adopted by Louisa (Scooter) Porter.

#20. Caicos – Adopted by Louisa (Scooter) Porter (super-adopter!).

#21. Dorothy – Adopted by Gail Joice.

#22. M&M – Adopted by The LaCasella Family for Maleia and Masen.

#23. Taffy – Adopted by Barbara Mogel.

#24. Lucy McGillicuddy – Adopted by Penelope Mabie for Barb Keogh.

#25. Isabella – Adopted by Angela Stoops for Isabella Scarfo, our youngest volunteer.

#26. Taipei – Adopted by Louisa (Scooter) Porter (super-adopter!).

#27. Sarah – Adopted by Joe and Paula Quintiliani for granddaughter Sarah.

#28. Jeanette – Adopted by Tiffany Farrell.

#29. Keelie – Adopted by Louisa Porter for a certain team member! (second from right).

#30. Spot – Adopted by Ellen McCormack-Ament for the dedicated volunteers of her animal welfare store (SPOT).

#31. Eliza – Adopted by Gail Joice for her friend Eliza.

#32. Winona – Adopted by students and staff of Winona State University’s St. Croix class.

#33. Miss Maple – Adopted by Emily and Wes Hogarth.

#34. Catherine Rose – Adopted by Amy Adkins.

#35. Gertie – Adopted by Sandi Schultz.

#36. Dana Rae – Adopted by Kyle Woudstra for our research assistant Dana Rae.

#37. Michelle – Adopted by SUPER Volunteer Donna Boles for her niece Michelle.

#38. Rie – Adopted by Bejai and Dan Higgins.

Thanks everyone! We had a great season!

The St. Croix Leatherback Project is supported by the Sea Turtle Census Initiative, which is sponsored by  The Ocean Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, based in Washington, D.C., but working globally to protect our oceans.