GR664 Gregory green turtle ORP Turtle Photo-ID Maldives
Gregory, a green turtle, adopted by Jonny Goddard & Joan Fontanals

Symbolic Adoption of Identified Sea Turtles

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

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.

Submit Your Own Sea Turtle Photos

If you would like to submit your own sea turtle photos for possible adoption, please email your photos to or

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.

Meet Some of our Adopted Turtles

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How to Symbolically Adopt a Turtle in the Maldives

  1. Please complete the Symbolic Turtle Adoption form below
  2. Make a donation of £50 to the Olive Ridley Project

Once we receive confirmation of the donation, we will issue the adoption certificate with details about the sea turtle to you or the gift recipient.


Your kind donation and symbolic turtle adoption will help us continue our sea turtle conservation work in the Indian Ocean and our research of the sea turtle population in the Maldives. This research will, in turn, help us develop and evaluate conservation strategies aimed at saving sea turtles threatened by extinction.