Saving One Turtle at a Time

Saving One Turtle at a Time

The Turtleman Foundation

The Turtleman Foundation was founded by Joseph, also known as “The Turtleman”. The Program was Founded with a goal to be able to give back to the cause of helping in saving the sea turtles, aiding in ocean conservation, and giving back to his passion, the ocean. Sea turtles have existed for over 100 million years, and they travel throughout the world’s oceans. Now the reality is that they are struggling to survive — largely because of things people are doing to the planet’s oceans and beaches. We want to prevent sea turtles from being cruelly killed and exterminated, their nesting beaches from being polluted and overbuilt, and their marine habitats from being contaminated and destroyed by plastic waste and other pollution.


  • The leatherback is the only remaining member of its taxonomic family (Dermochelyidae).
  • Leatherbacks rely on a unique suite of adaptations including large body size, changes in activity and metabolic rate, peripheral insulation (i.e. fat), and adjustments in blood flow to maintain stable core body temperatures in varying water temperatures from temperate to tropical latitudes.
  • The largest leatherback ever reported was an adult male found in Wales. It was greater than 3 meters (9 feet) long and 914 kilos (2,016 pounds) in mass.
  • The longest recorded leatherback migration was 13,000 miles by a adult female  – One way from Jamursba, Indonesia to Oregon, United States!
  • Leatherbacks dive much deeper than other turtles, regularly reaching depths beyond 300-1250 M (984-4100 Feet). The leatherback’s deepest recorded dives exceed 1,250 m (4,100 ft).

               Learn more about our species

recovered species




Sea turtles are among the oldest creatures on Earth and have remained essentially unchanged for 110 million years. Thousands of sea turtles around the world have been tagged to help collect information about their growth rates, reproductive cycles and migration routes.

Why are they dying out?

Vulnerable 81%
Critically Endangered 100%
Vulnerable 81%
Endangered 95%

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If you know them, you will learn how you can help them and share with them

Subscribe and be a part of the wonderful world of sea turtles

If you know them, you will learn how you can help them and share with them


Over the years The Turtleman Foundation has been able to help local sea turtle research centers within the U.S. , as well as more recently being able to donate outside of the U.S. in international projects. The Turtleman Foundation has been able to donate and help in funding important projects and research objectives of various ocean and marine life conservation organizations.


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