Pre-Adoption of the 2020 Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling (Symbolic)*
Pre-Adoption of the 2020 Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling (Symbolic)*

Pre-Adoption of the 2020 Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling (Symbolic)*

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By becoming an Adoptive Parent, I will receive an emailed certificate package that includes a photo of my turtle, and participation will allow me to follow patient care and recovery from afar through email updates. As an Adoptive Parent I understand my donation does not include direct handling or feeding turtle patient(s).
Quantity must be 1 or more

Be one of the first supporters for our sea turtle hatchling and get behind-the-scenes sneak peaks before this little turtle is visible to the public in late 2020!


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

  • Personalized Certificate of Adoption (electronic)
  • Letter about your turtle
  • Digital photograph of your turtle
  • Loggerhead sea turtle 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) 
  • For a limited time: Adopt by October 27th, and help us name the hatchling!**

*Allow 1-2 weeks for processing

** Pre-adoption participants must submit a name suggestion by October 31st, using the link provided via email after purchase. Late submissions will not be considered. Names must be educational and relate to the Sargasso Sea (where young loggerhead sea turtles live). Georgia Sea Turtle Center Staff will select three names for a public vote.

    Due to the hatchling's life stage, guests will NOT be able to attend the release. However, we will do our very best to share photos and video.

    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. Note: We will not delay processing packages for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or other gifts. Here's our suggestion for keeping it a surprise: 

      • Fill in the gift recipient's name in the box that says, "Name on Certificate."
      • Write in your email address in the "Recipient Email Address" box. This will ensure that you receive adoption emails and not the gift recipient.
      • After you have gifted the adoption, email us at to request that we change the email address to the gift recipient..

      About the 2020 Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling

      Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
      Age: Post-Hatchling
      Sex: Unknown
      Arrival: September 23, 2020
      Weight:  35 g / 1.2 oz 
      Found: Huguenot Memorial Park, Jacksonville, Florida
      Rescued by: Huguenot Memorial Park Ranger

      Why the hatchling is here:

      The 2020 Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling’s early days are somewhat mysterious. We know it spent some time at sea after it hatched, but strong currents pushed it back to land and it washed ashore on September 23rd, in Jacksonville, Florida. It was brought to our hospital for care, where it was treated for dehydration and given antibiotics for possible infections like pneumonia.


      If you have any questions, contact us by email at Please include "Adopt-a-Sea Turtle" in the subject line. 

      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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