Adopt a Sea Turtle

If you love sea turtles, and want to help us in our efforts at Gulf World Marine Institute, you can symbolically adopt some of our featured patients! Caring for these animals in rehabilitation is expensive, and every adoption will help aid and support the treatment of these and future patients at the Institute.

**COVID-19 Update: Please be aware that, due to reduced operations, adoption orders will be changing. Once you place an order, you will receive an email with a jpg image of your turtle along with patient information. However, we will not be shipping out paper adoption certificates until things have calmed down, hopefully late May (subject to change).  


For a donation of $35, you can become an adoptive parent of our patient. With the donation, you will receive a 6x8 photo of your animal, a certificate of adoption, information sheet and GWMI sticker. You will be contacted when the turtle is medically cleared for release.

Please be aware that our style of certificates, information sheets, and stickers is subject to change, and might not be exactly like the icons on this page. 

6x8 Photo of Your Animal

Certificate of Adoption

Information Sheet

GWMI Sticker




Date: November 11, 2019 Location: St. Andrews State Park, near the jetties Circumstances: severe entanglement of right front flipper On…


Cold Stunned Sea Turtle

Date: November 2019 Location: Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts Circumstances: cold stunned Gulf World Marine Institute received 30 cold stunned Kemp’s…



Your donation contributes directly to the rehabilitative services we provide for our patients.

If you’d like to give us special instructions (for example, if this package if a gift, and you’d like the certificate to be addressed to a third party), please let us know. Gulf World Marine Institute will not distribute your information or use it for solicitation purposes.

Please allow five to seven business days for package shipment, and remember to check your email for communications from us regarding your package.