The holiday shopping season has officially begun. If you’re wracking your brain trying to think of the perfect gift for the brother who has everything, the grandson who spends his time outside saving tadpoles from the local creeks or the niece who is a budding marine scientist look no further than our hospital gift shop.

We’ve always got something new and turtle-related in our store. Be sea turtle proud in one of our exclusive T’s (long and short sleeve, infant through XXL) or hoodies. We have earrings, necklaces and bracelets made by local artists using a lot of locally sourced beach materials. If you have an avid shark tooth collector in the family we have Megaladon teeth, whole teeth and large fragments. Ornaments, key chains and small accessories make great stocking stuffers. And plush – we have a large variety turtle “species” in all sizes and colors, all soft and cuddly.

For a gift that never fails to please visit our adoption desk, or adopt on our website. Your adoption dollars go directly toward the food, medicines and other specialized treatments that make us so successful in our mission. We are well over the thousand mark in the number of turtles who have gotten a second chance because you believe in and support our work. And now through the end of the year we have two very special adoption packages that will not be offered again.

“Lennie,” our hospital ambassador and permanent resident has been saving her very special Lennie plush turtle for this adoption. It’s been kept under wraps and hidden away (even from most of our volunteers) until now. And our big girl “Snooki” has her own secret stash of Snooki plush which she’s allowing us to use only for this adoption special. There are two levels of adoptions but both include a special plush turtle, picture, information card and certificate of adoption. The $75 level also includes a hand-painted topsail beach rock, and the $150 level includes a hand-painted sand dollar ornament along with the rock. These adoption packages are available only through Dec. 31. You won’t find the Lennie or Snooki plush again until both of “our girls” decide to “release” them – and they’re not talking! Please stop in or visit our adoption tab on the website (www.seaturtlehospital.org) to take advantage of this limited time special for yourself, family or friends.

Through mid-December we are open on our fall schedule/hours of two days a week, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 - 4 p.m. This column is now on a fall/winter schedule and will be published every other week until spring.

 

 Karen Sota is the volunteer media coordinator for the Sea Turtle Hospital in Topsail Beach.