Our Current Turtle Patients
Our Current Turtle Patients ~ Click on an image for the full story.
Our aim is to rescue, rehabilitate and release all of our turtle patients as soon as possible although, sadly, some do pass away. We have the capacity to accommodate up to 10 patients at a time at our Rescue and Rehabilitation Centres, depending on the size and type of injuries of the turtles.
Our turtle patients can stay anywhere from a couple of days to several months; the average length of stay is around three months. The exception is Heidi who is unreleasable. Heidi was with us for more than four years before we found him a forever home. Other long staying patients are those suffering from buoyancy syndrome such as Azura and Penny. Azura was with us for two years, eight months and eleven days before she was released! Penny stayed with us just short of two years.
Adopt A Turtle Patient
By adopting one of our turtle patients you will contribute towards the cost of our patients’ veterinary care, medications, and transport. You will also help fund our core charitable objectives such as:
- Expanding our rescue and rehabilitation efforts;
- Furthering our understanding of sea turtle veterinary care;
- Broadening our research into sea turtles and their conservation;
- Growing our education and outreach programs; and
- Protecting sea turtles and their habitats.
You will receive:
- A personalised adoption certificate with the history of how your adopted turtle patient came to our Rescue or Rehabilitation Centre
- A fact sheet about the given species of sea turtle
- Regular updates on how your adopted turtle’s recovery is going (if you wish)
- Notification in the case of release
Please note that we ask for a minimum one-time donation of £50 per adoption, however, you are free to donate more or make a monthly donation of your choice. Gift adoptions are also available.
Once we receive confirmation of the donation and your adoption form (please make sure the names on the donation and adoption forms match), we will issue the adoption certificate with details about the turtle patient to you or the gift recipient. Please allow 7 days for the issuing of the certificate.
Meet Some of Our Past Turtle Patients
Tagged & Released turtle Patients
Where do our turtle patients for when we released them? Where are their feeding grounds? ORPTrack, is a scientific research project that will help us gain better understanding of the feeding habits of olive ridley sea turtles. We deployed our first satellite tag on 18 April 2022. The first tag was fitted on Autumn, an sub-adult olive ridley turtle who had spent just short of two months at the Rescue Centre. She was rescued from a ghost net which claimed one of her front flippers. The second tag was fitted on Pickle, an adult olive ridley turtle who had spent six months at the Rescue Centre. She was rescued from entanglement in a ghost net.