About Our Turtle Family

Passionate. Coffee addicted. Probably Crazy.

We are all volunteers. Regular people from all walks of life who have chosen to make a difference. For five to eight months out of the year, we re-arrange our lives to save disoriented sea turtle hatchlings. "Sea Turtle People" have to be a little crazy to get through the long nights, but the dedication of our volunteer staff is second to none. Being a STOP volunteer is the toughest job you will ever love.

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Our Beginning

Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP) was founded in 2007 by the WhiteCloud Family, Richard, Siouxzen and their daughter Teakahla. STOP was the first program of its kind to rescue and release sea turtle hatchlings disoriented by coastal lighting in Broward County. STOP now has the highest number of FWCC Marine Turtle Permitted staff of any organization in Florida!

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Our Mission

Our program has reduced the hatchling mortality rate by almost 50% in Broward County! We aim to provide a solution to a complex problem, to create awareness through education, to balance the scales and give the hatchlings a chance to begin their life.

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Our Supporters

While there are many to mention, we would like to recognize a few supporters who have helped make STOP a reality, or who we just think are really cool.

International Dark-Sky Association
Gumbo Limbo Logo
Broward Logo
Turtle Hospital
Sea Shepherd Logo
Emerson Logo
Starbrite Project Seasafe Logo
Guy Harvey Logo
Loggerheadmarine Logo
Light Action Production
Grateful J's
PF Harris

How you can help

There are many ways you can help us keep feet on the sand, buckets in hand, and flippers in the sea.



Become a SeaTurtleOP member
to help us all year long



It's fast, it's easy
and helps us keep the lights on!


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Hatchling rescue walk eco-tour
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