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Adopt-An-Animal

For $35, you can symbolically adopt a patient at the National Marine Life Center! The list of available adoptees is below.
Click here to see a list of current and recent seal and sea turtle patients.
Click here to see a list of former seal and sea turtle patients.
Click here to see a list of headstart red bellied cooters (turtles) and permanent resident box turtles.

Your adoption package includes the following.

  • A personalized adoption certificate;
  • An 8 1/2″ x 11″ profile with photo of your chosen animal;
  • A 10″ plush seal or turtle toy; and
  • A one year “Gray Seal” family membership ($50 value).

It’s a $85 value for only $35 (plus shipping and handling)! Best of all, your adoption donation will help provide the food, medicine, supplies, and care your animal needs to get well and be released back into the ocean. For animals that have already been released, your adoption donation will help provide food, medicine, supplies, and care for the next animal in need. Thank you!

Naming Sponsorship!
Want to help more? Naming Sponsorships are available for many of the turtles. Your $500 naming sponsorship pays for even more of the food, medicine, supplies, equipment, electricity, and professional care that each turtle needs to recover. Each sponsorship comes with all the benefits of a regular symbolic adoption PLUS the opportunity to NAME the turtle you choose, a “Behind-the-Scenes” Tour for up to eight people, and an “Animal Caretaker” Experience for up to two people. For more information, contact Casey at cshetterly@nmlc.org or 508-743-9888 x303. Thank you!

*** Please use the “Special Instructions” or “Instructions to Merchant” section to indicate to whom you want the Adoption Certificate addressed, and, if desired, a gift message. Otherwise, we will assume the person ordering the package is the person who should be named on the certificate. Also, please use the “Shipping Address” to indicate to whom the package should be mailed. If you don’t see these fields (they don’t always show up), please contact Casey at cshetterly@nmlc.org or 508-743-9888 x303 with your instructions. Thank you! ***

Shipping & Handling Note: Shipping is via regular, first-class U.S. mail. The cost also includes a small handling charge. The charge is for domestic U.S. shipping only. Please contact Casey at cshetterly@nmlc.org or 508-743-9888 x303 for international rates or special instructions. Please note you can avoid any shipping charges by stopping by the National Marine Life Center at 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, to purchase your Adoption Package in person. Please call first before you stop by to make sure someone is available in the office, as we otherwise may be in with the animals. Thank you!

SYMBOLICALLY ADOPT A CURRENT or RECENT PATIENT:

Mandrake
Mandrake
Mandrake is a yearling male harp seal that stranded February 20, 2019 in New Castle, NH. He is being treated for parasitic infection, respiratory distress, and dehydration.
$35.00
Hagrid
Hagrid
Hagrid is a male gray seal pup that stranded February 28, 2019 in Newbury, MA. He is being treated for a severe wound on his tail.
$35.00
Patronus
Patronus
Patronus is NMLC's first hooded seal! She stranded January 5, 2019 in Gloucester, MA. She was being treated for malnourishment, dehydration, and infection. Patronus was released in Rye, NH on February 25, 2019!
$35.00
Dinghy (#43)
Dinghy (#43)
Dinghy (#43) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 14, 2018 at Skaket Beach in Orleans, MA. Dinghy was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning and pneumonia. Dinghy was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Drew (#44)
Drew (#44)
Drew (#44) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 14, 2018 at Rock Harbor in Orleans, MA. Drew was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning. Drew was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Tessa (#45)
Tessa (#45)
Tessa (#45) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 14, 2018 at Linnell in Brewster, MA. Tessa was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning. Tessa was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Dexter (#46)
Dexter (#46)
Dexter (#46) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 14, 2018 at Ellis Landing in Brewster, MA. Dexter was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning. Dexter was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
 
Senara (#47)
Senara (#47)
Senara (#47) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 14, 2018 at Great Island in Wellfleet, MA. Senara was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning. Senara was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Brody (#48)
Brody (#48)
Brody (#48) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 14, 2018 at Great Island in Wellfleet, MA. Brody was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning. Brody was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Chomper (#49)
Chomper (#49)
Chomper (#49) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 14, 2018 at Great Island in Wellfleet, MA. Chomper was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning and pneumonia.
$35.00
Bilezikian (#50)
Bilezikian (#50)
Bilezikian (#50) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 15, 2018 in Brewster, MA. Bilezikian was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning and pneumonia.
$35.00
Edward Gorey (#51)
Edward Gorey (#51)
Edward Gorey (#51) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 15, 2018 at Linnell in Brewster, MA. Edward Gorey was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning and pneumonia.
$35.00
Winter (#52)
Winter (#52)
Winter (#52) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 15, 2018 at Linnell in Brewster, MA. Winter was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning. Winter was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Chookie (#53)
Chookie (#53)
Chookie (#53) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 15, 2018 at Linnell in Brewster, MA. Chookie was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning and pneumonia.
$35.00
Ahimsa (#54)
Ahimsa (#54)
Ahimsa (#54) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 15, 2018 on Cape Cod, MA. Ahimsa was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning. Ahimsa was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Sea Rover (#55)
Sea Rover (#55)
Sea Rover (#55) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 15, 2018 at Linnell in Brewster, MA. Sea Rover was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning.
$35.00
Schumann (#56)
Schumann (#56)
Schumann (#56) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 15, 2018 in Brewster, MA. Schumann was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning and pneumonia.
$35.00
Gunther (#57)
Gunther (#57)
Gunther (#57) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 15, 2018 in Brewster, MA. Gunther was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning.
$35.00
Bandito (#58)
Bandito (#58)
Bandito (#58) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 15, 2018 in Brewster, MA. Bandito was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning. Bandito was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Horizon (#59)
Horizon (#59)
Horizon (#59) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 15, 2018 at Linnell in Brewster, MA. Horizon was admitted to NMLC on November 19, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning.
$35.00
Helides (#60)
Helides (#60)
Helides (#60) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on October 26, 2018 on Cape Cod, MA. Helides was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning and left front flipper lameness. Helides was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Kupa (#61)
Kupa (#61)
Kupa (#61) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 17, 2018 at Campground Beach in Eastham, MA. Kupa was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning and pneumonia. Kupa was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Ladybug (#62)
Ladybug (#62)
Ladybug (#62) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 17, 2018 at Campground Beach in Eastham, MA. Ladybug was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning.
$35.00
Omega (#63)
Omega (#63)
Omega (#63) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 17, 2018 at Cole Brook in Eastham, MA. Omega was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning.
$35.00
Tunbridge (#64)
Tunbridge (#64)
Tunbridge (#64) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 17, 2018 at Silver Spring in Eastham, MA. Tunbridge was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning and pneumonia.
$35.00
Herbert (#65)
Herbert (#65)
Herbert (#65) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 17, 2018 at Rock Harbor in Orleans, MA. Herbert was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning.
$35.00
Scuttle (#67)
Scuttle (#67)
Scuttle (#67) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 17, 2018 at Great Island in Wellfleet, MA. Scuttle was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning and fractured flipper bones.
$35.00
Riddle (68)
Riddle (68)
Riddle (#68) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 17, 2018 at Thumpertown in Eastham, MA. Riddle was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning. Riddle was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Fawkes (#69)
Fawkes (#69)
Fawkes (#69) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 17, 2018 at Skaket Beach in Orleans, MA. Omega was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning.
$35.00
Dancer (#70)
Dancer (#70)
Dancer is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 17, 2018 at Kingsbury in Eastham, MA. Dancer was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning. Dancer was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Bourne (#71)
Bourne (#71)
Bourne (#71) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 18, 2018 in Eastham, MA. Bourne was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning, pneumonia, and bronchitis.
$35.00
Madam Curie (#72)
Madam Curie (#72)
Madam Curie (#72) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 18, 2018 on Great Island in Wellfleet, MA. Mme. Curie was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning. Mme. Curie was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Shell L. Cool Jay (#73)
Shell L. Cool Jay (#73)
Shell L. Cool Jay (#73) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 18, 2018 at Rock Harbor in Orleans, MA. Cool Jay was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and is being treated for cold stunning, pneumonia, and flipper injury due to previous entanglement.
$35.00
Lucy (#74)
Lucy (#74)
Lucy (#74) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 18, 2018 in Truro, MA. Lucy was admitted to NMLC on November 23, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning, bronchitis, and flipper trauma. Mme. Curie was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Sunny (#75)
Sunny (#75)
Sunny (#75) is a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle that stranded on December 6, 2018 at Breakwater in Brewster, MA. Sunny was admitted to NMLC on December 12, 2018 and was treated for cold stunning. Sunny was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00
Etta (#56)
Etta (#56)
Etta (#56) is a juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtle that stranded on November 21, 2017, near Ryder Beach in Wellfleet, MA. Etta was admitted to NMLC on November 27, 2017 and was treated for osteolytic lesions (bone infection) resulting from cold stunning. Etta was released February 20, 2019 at Canaveral National Seashore in Florida!
$35.00

SYMBOLICALLY ADOPT A SMALL TURTLE HEADSTART PATIENT OR PERMANENT RESIDENT:

 
Daisy
Daisy
Daisy is an adult female box turtle that was admitted May 7, 2014. She was rescued from an abusive and illegal captive situation. She is a permanent resident at NMLC.
$35.00
Violet
Violet
Violet is an adult female box turtle that was admitted May 7, 2014. She was rescued from an abusive and illegal captive situation. She is a permanent resident at NMLC.
$35.00
Red Bellied Cooters
Red Bellied Cooters
The 2017-2018 class of 10 Northern red bellied cooters are part of a MassWildlife head start program. They will be released in May, 2018.
$35.00

 

SYMBOLICALLY ADOPT A FORMER PATIENT:

(In addition to these recent patients, we have dozens more former patients in our archive. Are you looking for a specific animal not listed? E-mail Casey at cshetterly@nmlc.org for more information. Thank you!)

 

Moose
Moose
Moose is a male, maternally dependent harbor seal pup that stranded on May 28, 2018 at COA Pier, ME. Moose was admitted to NMLC on June 1, 2018, and was treated for maternal separation, a respiratory infection, and minor wounds. He was released August 16, 2018 at Scusset Beach in Sandwich, MA.
$35.00
Nemasket
Nemasket
Nemasket is a male, maternally dependent harbor seal pup that stranded May 27, 2018 in Bucksport, ME. Nemasket was admitted to NMLC on May 30, 2018, and was treated for maternal separation and a respiratory infection. He was released August 16, 2018 at Scusset Beach in Sandwich, MA.
$35.00
Sugar
Sugar
Sugar is a female, maternally dependent harbor seal pup that stranded May 10, 2018 in Surry ME. Sugar was admitted to NMLC on May 16, 2018, and was treated for a maternal separation, a respiratory infection, and corneal swelling. She was released November 21, 2018 at Scusset Beach in Sandwich, MA.
$35.00
Charles
Charles
Charles is a male, maternally dependent harbor seal pup that stranded on April 22, 2018 in Plymouth, MA. Charles was admitted to NMLC on April 23, 2018, and was treated for maternal separation, influenza, and Phocine herpes virus. He was released August 16, 2018 at Scusset Beach in Sandwich, MA.
$35.00
Parker
Parker
Parker is a female, maternally dependent harbor seal pup that stranded on May 10, 2018 in Surry, ME. Parker was admitted to NMLC on May 16, 2018, and was treated for maternal separation, influenza, and an abscess on her rear flipper. She was released August 16, 2018 at Scusset Beach in Sandwich, MA.
$35.00
Winnicut (Winnie)
Winnicut (Winnie)
Winnie is a weanling female harbor seal that stranded January 12, 2018 in Hampton, NH. She was treated for a parasitic infection and respiratory distress. Winnie was released on March 15, 2018 in Sandwich, MA.
$35.00

 

Shipping & Handling Note: Shipping is via regular, first-class U.S. mail. The cost also includes a small handling charge. The charge is for domestic shipping only. Please call Casey at 508-743-9888 x303 or e-mail cshetterly@nmlc.org for international rates or special instructions. Please note you can avoid any shipping charges by stopping by the National Marine Life Center at 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, to purchase your Adoption Package in person. Please call first before you stop by to make sure someone is available in the office, as we otherwise may be in with the animals. Thank you!

*** Please use the “Special Instructions” section to indicate to whom you want the Adoption Certificate addressed, and, if desired, a gift message. Otherwise, we will assume the person ordering the package is the person who should be named on the certificate. Also, please use the “Shipping Address” to indicate to whom the package should be mailed. Thank you! ***