Name And Adopt A Turtle In Maldives

Laamu Atoll

Lhaviyani Atoll

North Malé Atoll

South Malé Atoll

Adoption of Identified Sea Turtles

As part of our Turtle Photo-ID program, we offer adoptions of newly identified and still name- less sea turtles, which have been added to our database with only an identification code. When you adopt a turtle, you get to chose the name!

Pick your favourite turtle in the gallery on top of the page and note down the turtle identification code. You will need it for the adoption form.

It is also possible to adopt a turtle patient here.

Submit Your Own Sea Turtle Photos

If you find and photograph a sea turtle that is new to our database during a visit to the Maldives , or one that is yet to be named, you can chose to adopt this turtle.

To submit your own sea turtle photos for possible adoption, please email your photos to

We need one clear image of each side of the turtle’s face. And of course, we also need to know the time and the location of the sighting. Blurry photos cannot be used.

How to Adopt a Turtle in the Maldives

  1. Pick your favourite turtle in the gallery at the top of the page and note down the identification number
  2. Make a donation of minimum £50 to the Olive Ridley Project and mention the turtle ID code and the name of the turtle in the message field
  3. Complete the Symbolic Turtle Adoption form with your details and, if this is a gift adoption, that of the gift recipient (you will be directed to the adoption form after making your donation)

Once we receive confirmation of the donation and your turtle adoption form, we will issue the adoption certificate with details about the sea turtle to you (or the gift recipient). Please allow 7 days for the issuing of the certificate.