Adopt Ironside (Symbolic)

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Want to stay connected and support the Georgia Sea Turtle Center? Symbolically adopting one or 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 be sure to 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), their mailing address, 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 Kira Stearns by email at

Please provide a valid email address to ensure that you receive updates and notice of release.




Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Age: Adult
Gender: Adult
Arrival: May 25, 2018
Weight:  138.6 lbs / 63.0 kg
Found: Fancy Bluff Creek (Brunswick, GA)  
Rescued by: Mark Dodd, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR)

When found:

Ironside was observed floating in Fancy Bluff Creek near Brunswick, GA for a few days before stranding in the mud.  He was rescued by GADNR & transferred to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center with common symptoms of debilitation.  A heavy amount of epibiota was removed from his shell including algae, barnacles, and a non-native species of crabs.  Blood work indicated anemia, low protein, glucose and calcium.  In addition to this lethargic & weakened condition, Ironsides exhibits two old (healed) carapace fractures from a boat propeller strike.  Based on tail length, Ironsides is an adult male.

Treatment & Current Status:  Ironside was started on broad spectrum antibiotics, calcium injections and given IV fluids for dehydration as supportive care.  Intravenous nutrition called Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) was administered for a few weeks to ensure adequate nutrition before reintroducing a natural seafood diet. 

**Ironside was named for his resiliency in surviving boat strike injuries without rehabilitation.  He was found near a region in which wood was harvested & milled to build the USS Constitution, known as “Old Ironsides.”  Be sure to look for his long tail!**

 What’s included in the Adopt-a-Sea Turtle Package?
- Personalized Certificate of Adoption
- Letter from your turtle
- ONE 4×6 photo of your turtle
- Adoptive parent’s name listed on their turtle’s web page
- Monthly updates through email including a recent photo of your adopted turtle

**Allow 2-4 weeks for processing and delivery of materials. We make every effort to provide advance notice of patient release when it becomes available.**

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