Adoptions

Support the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation by “adopting” animals we have successfully rehabilitated! Virtual adoptions help us to operate our many programs, including the response to marine mammals and sea turtle strandings and cold-stunning. With your help, we can continue to save these animals! Adoptions make great gifts, especially for children, and they are also a really great way to help us continue our work and receive something really awesome in return. Each package includes the story of an animal that has been through our care as well as photos of the animal!

Choose one of our featured adopted animals below. For the full list, click here.

MEDUSA
MEDUSA

NY5437-16
Adopt Me

  • Species: Gray seal – Halichoerus grypus
  • Conservation Status: Threatened
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Stranding Date: 3/25/2016
  • Stranding Location: Hampton Bays
  • Initial Problem: Visually impaired
  • Status: Deemed non-releasable due being blind in both eyes and was recently relocated to her forever home!
ANCHOR
ANCHOR

NY4664-12
Adopt Me

  • Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle – Caretta caretta
  • Conservation Status: Threatened
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Stranding Date: August 29, 2012
  • Stranding Location: Canarsie Pier in Jamaica Bay Brooklyn, NY
  • Initial Problem: Ingested a fishing hook
  • Status: Released August 6th, 2013
APHRODITE
APHRODITE

NY5454-16
Adopt Me
Watch Me

  • Species: Harbor seal – Phoca vitulina
  • Conservation Status: Threatened
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Stranding Date: 4/15/2016
  • Stranding Location: Smithpoint County Park
  • Initial Problem: Entangled in twine
  • Status: Anticipated for June 2016
APOLLO
APOLLO

NY5370-15
Track Me
Adopt Me

  • Species: Kemp’s ridley sea turtle – Phoca vitulina
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Stranding Date: December 23, 2015
  • Stranding Location: Montauk, New York
  • Initial Problem: Respiratory congestion and ear infection
  • Rehabilitation Status: Released April 3, 2016
BABY GIRL
BABY GIRL

Adopt Me

  • Species: North American River Otter – Lontra canadensis
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Arrived Long Island Aquarium on June 6, 2009
  • Stranding Location: Croton Falls, New York
  • Initial Problem: Underweight and lethargic
  • Rehabilitation Status: Deemed non-releasable.
  • Underwent rehabilitation in the Marine Mammal department of the Long Island Aquarium.
  • Relocated to Rosamund Gifford Zoo
CHESTNUT
CHESTNUT

NY4308-10
Adopt Me

  • Species: Atlantic green sea turtle – Chelonia mydas
  • Conservation Status: Threatened
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Stranding Date: November 8, 2010
  • Stranding Location: Near Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach State Park
  • Initial Problem: Cold-stunned and wound from a boat-strike.
  • Status: Deemed non releasable due to a physical imbalance.
    Currently visible in the Riverhead Foundation Rescue Center
CRUSH
CRUSH

NY4660-12
Adopt Me

  • Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle – Caretta caretta
  • Conservation Status: Threatened
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Stranding Date: August 19, 2012
  • Stranding Location: offshore in Long Island Sound near Northport, NY
  • Initial Problem: entangled in fishing line with hooks embedded.
  • Status: Released April 7, 2013 in Florida
GRAY BEAUTY
GRAY BEAUTY

NY1994-97
Adopt Me

  • Species: Gray Seal – Halichoerus grypus
  • Gender: Female
  • Age: Adult
  • Stranding Date: April 30, 1997
  • Stranding Location: East Hampton, New York
  • Initial Problem: Blind
  • Status: Currently residing at Long Island Aquarium
HULK
HULK

NY5129-14
Adopt Me

  • Species: Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Stranding Date: October 13, 2014
  • Stranding Location: Long Island Sound near Smithtown, NY
  • Initial Problem: swallowed a fish hook, also struck by a boat
  • Status: Released July 17, 2015
NEREUS
NEREUS

NY5435-16
Adopt Me

  • Species: Harbor seal – Phoca vitulina
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Stranding Date: March 21, 2016
  • Stranding Location: Hempstead Bay, New York
  • Initial Problem: Entangled in marine debris
  • Released: April 29, 2016
NOODLE
NOODLE

NY4681-12
Track Me
Adopt Me

  • Species: Harbor Porpoise – Phocoena phocoena
  • Conservation Status: Threatened
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Stranding Date: October 17, 2012
  • Stranding Location: Adams Road in Brunswick Maine
  • Transferred to the Riverhead Foundation on October 25, 2012
  • Initial Problem: stranded on a marsh
  • Status: Released on April 21, 2013
NYX
NYX

NY5383-15
Adopt Me

  • Species: Kemp’s ridley – Lepidochelys kempii
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Stranding Date: January 6, 2016
  • Stranding Location: Mattituck, New York
  • Initial Problem: Class IV cold stunning
  • Rehabilitation Status: In rehabilitation
PROFESSOR X aka CHARLIE
PROFESSOR X aka CHARLIE

NY5238-15
Track Me
Adopt Me

  • Species: Gray Seal (Halichoerus grypus)
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: Yearling
  • Stranding Date: April 9, 2015
  • Stranding Location: Robert Moses State Park
  • Initial Problem: Broken jaw, fever, and underweight Rehabilitation
  • Status: Released July 15, 2015 and rescued again December 5, 2015 from being trapped in a canal lock.
    Re-released on December 10, 2015.
ROCKY
ROCKY

NY3175-04
Track Me
Adopt Me

  • Risso’s Dolphin – Grampus griseus
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Stranding Date: July 31, 2004
  • Stranding Location: Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware
  • Initial problems: Respiratory distress, underweight
  • Status: Released on April 13, 2005
ROXANNE
ROXANNE

NY4826-13
Track Me
Adopt Me

  • Species: Risso’s Dolphin – Grampus griseus
  • Conservation Status: Threatened
  • Age: Adult
  • Stranding Date: June 6, 2013
  • Stranding Location: Atlantic Beach, NY
  • Initial Problem: Stranded on a sand bar
  • Status: Released August 28, 2013
SEABREEZE
SEABREEZE

NY3726-07
Track Me
Adopt Me

  • Species: Offshore bottlenose dolphin – Tursiops truncatus
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: Sub-Adult
  • Stranding Date: July 21, 2007
  • Stranding Location: Seabreeze Canal in Bellmore, New York
  • Initial Problem: Underweight and Stomach infection
  • Status: Released on November 12, 2007
SCOOTER
SCOOTER

Adopt Me

  • Species: Fin Whale – Balaenoptera physalus
  • Conservation Status: Endangered
  • Age: Sub-Adult
  • Size: ~ 40-55 feet
SPIDERMAN
SPIDERMAN

NY5226-15
Adopt Me

  • Species: Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina)
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: Yearling
  • Stranding Date: March 22, 2015
  • Stranding Location: Quogue, NY
  • Initial Problem: entangled in balloon ribbon, seal pox
  • Rehabilitation Status: Released July 2, 2015
THE FLASH
THE FLASH

NY5209-15
Adopt Me

  • Species: Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
  • Gender:Male
  • Age: Yearling
  • Stranding Date: February 22, 2015
  • Stranding Location: Long Beach, NY
  • Initial Problem: dehydration and public harrassment
  • Rehabilitation Status: Released April 18, 2015
WOLVERINE
WOLVERINE

NY5276-15
Adopt Me

  • Species: Gray Seal (Halichoerus grypus)
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: Yearling
  • Stranding Date: May 20, 2015
  • Stranding Location: Rockaway Beach
  • Initial Problem: swollen flipper with lacerations on body
  • Rehabilitation Status: in rehabilitation
ZEUS
ZEUS

NY5502-16
Adopt Me

  • Species: Loggerhead sea turtle – Caretta caretta
  • Conservation Status: Threatened
  • Age: Juvenile
  • Stranding Date: 07/17/2016
  • Stranding Location: Coney Island
  • Initial Problem: Injuries to the head and shell (carapace), likely due to vessel strike
  • Status: In rehabilitation