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Biographical story about your adopted animal

Animal Fact Sheets

Riverhead foundation logo sticker

Two photos of your adopted animal

Certificate of Adoption suitable for framing

The function of The New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Program is the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals and sea turtles. As a member of our adoption family you are helping provide food and medication for animals under our care. The whales in our program have been seen during our whale watch research cruises that we have conducted in the past. Adoptions are great gifts!

  • Noodle


    NoodleNY4681-12Species: Harbor Porpoise – Phocoena phocoenaConservation Status: ThreatenedAge: JuvenileStranding Date: October 17, 2012Stranding Location: Adams Road in Brunswick MaineTransferred to the Riverhead...

  • Nyx


    Nyx NY5383-16 Species: Kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) Age: juvenile Stranding Date: January 6, 2016 Stranding Location: Mattituck Initial Problem: Class IV cold stunning Rehabilitation...

  • Penny


    PennyNY4825-13Species: Harbor Seal – Phoca vitulinaGender: FemaleAge: PupStranding Date: June 1, 2013Stranding Location: Atlantic Beach, NYInitial Problem: Abandoned pupRehabilitation Status: Released November 23,...

  • Professor X aka Charlie

    Professor X aka Charlie

    Professor X aka Charlie NY5238-15 Species: Gray Seal (Halichoerus grypus) Gender:Male Age: Yearling Stranding Date: April 9, 2015 released July15, 2015 rescued on December 4, 2015 Stranding Location:...

  • Rocky


    Species: Grampus griseus, Risso's dolphinProtectedGender: MaleAge: Juvenile Stranding Date: July 31, 2004Stranding Location: Cape Henlopen State park, Delaware Atlantis OceanInitial Problem: Respiratory infection Status:...

  • Roxanne


    RoxanneNY4826-13Species: Risso’s Dolphin – Grampus griseusConservation Status: ThreatenedAge: AdultStranding Date: June 6, 2013Stranding Location: Atlantic Beach, NYInitial Problem: Stranded on a sand barStatus:...

  • Scooter


    Species: Balaenoptera physalus, Fin WhaleEndangeredAge: Sub-adultSize Estimate: 40-55 feet in length Adoption Packages: $30 Adoption: Biographical story Animal fact sheet Two photographs of your animal Personalized...

  • Seabreeze


    Seabreeze ID: NY3726-07Species: Tursiops truncatus, Offshore Bottlenose DolphinProtectedGender: MaleAge: JuvenileStranding Date: July 21, 2007Stranding Location: Bellmore, NYInitial Problem: Underweight and gastric...

  • Sebastian


    SebastianNY4695-12Species: Atlantic Green Sea Turtle – Chelonia mydasAge: JuvenileStranding Date: November 25th 2012Stranding Location: Napeague Bay, NYInitial Problem: Cold Stun Class IIRehabilitation Status: Released...

  • Spiderman


    Spiderman NY5226-15 Species: Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) Gender:Male Age: Yearling Stranding Date: March 22, 2015 Stranding Location: Quogue, NY Initial Problem: Entangled in balloon ribbon Rehabilitation...

  • Storm


    Storm NY5171-14 Species: Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) Age: Juvenile Stranding Date: November 23, 2014 Stranding Location: Cedar Point County Park East Hampton, NY Initial Problem: Class II cold...

  • The 12 Seals of Christmas

    The 12 Seals of Christmas

    Adoptions make great, unique gifts! Get 12 different gift adoptions for 12 special people! Pick 12 animals, 12 names, and 12 greeting cards! One adoption package costs $35 - get this package for $300 for the holiday...

  • The Flash

    The Flash

    The Flash NY5209-15 Species: Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) Gender:Male Age: Yearling Stranding Date: February 22, 2015 Stranding Location: Long Beach, NY Initial Problem: dehydration and public...

  • Titan


    Species: Phocoena Phocoena, Harbor Porpoise Status: ProtectedGender: MaleAge: JuvenileStranding Date: April 7, 2006Stranding Location: Fort Jetty, Jamesport, Rhode IslandInitial Problem: Respiratory infectionStatus:...

  • Wolverine


    Wolverine NY5276-15 Species: Gray Seal (Halichoerus grypus) Gender:Male Age: Yearling Stranding Date: May 20, 2015 Stranding Location: Rockaway Beach, NY Initial Problem: swollen flipper and lacerations on...

  • Zeus


    Zeus NY5502-15 Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) Age: juvenile Stranding Date: July 17, 2016 Stranding Location: Coney Island Initial Problem: boat strike Rehabilitation Status: Released...