Adopt Athena (Symbolic)
Adopt Athena (Symbolic)

Adopt Athena (Symbolic)

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Want to stay connected and support the Georgia Sea Turtle Center? Symbolically adopting one of our rehabilitation patients is great way to continue learning about sea turtles and staying connected. Symbolic adoptions make fantastic gifts! 

To Symbolically Adopt a Sea Turtle as a Gift:

If you would like to purchase a Symbolic Adoption package as a gift, please fill in the order information boxes with the Gift Recipient's information before adding to your cart. Be sure to include the gift recipient's name (as it will appear on the Adoption Certificate), phone number and email address. Phone numbers are utilized ONLY in need to contact for clarification of mailing or email information. If you have any questions, contact us by email at Please include "Adopt-a-Sea Turtle" in the subject line. 

Symbolic Adoption emails will be sent as soon as the adoption is processed. We will not delay processing packages for birthdays, anniversaries, or other gifts. If you are hoping to gift the adoption on a specific day and keep it a surprise, here is how we suggest you fill out the order form:

  1. Fill in the gift recipient's name in the box that says, "Name on Certificate."
  2. Write in your email address in the "Recipient Email Address" box. This will ensure that you receive adoption emails and not the eventual gift recipient. This way, we won't ruin the surprise of your gift if emails begin before you would like to give the adoption to the recipient. 
  3. After you have gifted the adoption, email us at to request that we change the email address associated with the adoption to the gift recipient's email address. 
Please provide a valid email address to ensure that you receive updates and notice of release.

About Athena

Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Age: Juvenile (3 months - 10 years)
Sex: Unknown
Arrival: July 27, 2020
Weight:  26 kg / 58 lbs 
Found: Jekyll Sound - Jekyll Island, GA 
Rescued by: Endangered Species Observer

Why Athena is here: Athena was found in the marsh of the Jekyll Sound near Jekyll Island, Georgia. An endangered species observer assisting with removal operations for the overturned Golden Ray Cargo Ship rescued Athena. It is unlikely that Athena's condition is related to the Golden Ray shipwreck; rather, we determined this turtle is debilitated. He/she was underweight, weak, and severely anemic upon arrival. Athena also had a moderate load of epibiota (living creatures) attached to the shell and skin. Join Athena's adoptive family to follow his/her rehabilitation progress!


 What's included in the Adopt-a-Sea Turtle Package?*

  • Personalized Certificate of Adoption (electronic)
  • Letter about your turtle
  • Digital photograph of your turtle
  • Species fact sheet
  • Monthly email updates, including a recent photo of your adopted turtle
  • Email notice of all public GSTC release dates within the adoption period when available (Release dates are subject to change without any notice at any time) 

     *Allow 2-4 weeks for processing; all package contents are sent via email

    If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may return the item within 14 days of receiving it for exchange or credit ONLY (excludes custom orders). Item must be in its original packaging and in perfect, unused condition. Sorry, shipping costs will not be refunded.

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