At STR, we believe that learning about its founders is more than just knowing our resumes. Below are some of the things we want you to know about us from each individual themselves. If you give to our facility, your donations are going to people who will use it to help Sea Turtles. It is not a slogan for us. The Sea Turtle Recovery is a passion that lives inside us.
William Deerr IV, Co-Executive Officer
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the aquatic environment. I was always reading books about whales, dolphins, turtles, fish and deep sea exploration. I would spend hours listening to recordings of whales. As a child, I always had fish tanks and pet turtles. Summer days at the beach with my family were spent digging for mole crabs and scouring the jetties for starfish. As I got older, it was time to choose a career path and apply to colleges; there was never any other option than being a Marine Biologist.
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Marine Science degree at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, where I was fortunate enough to study New Jersey’s largest seal colony in the wild. Through the years, I have rescued seals, dolphins and sea turtles. I have helped bring animals back from near death; and learned from them after death. Through this I have been shown that every individual matters and deserves every option you have to help it, that there is ALWAYS something new to learn, and the more I learn the stronger my fascination becomes!
Overtime, it has become apparent just how desperately we need additional support for Sea Turtles, not just in New Jersey but throughout the Atlantic Coast region. All sea turtles are endangered or threatened worldwide and may not be here in just a few short generations. We have an amazing team of people assisting in the creation of Sea Turtle Recovery, and together, with your support, we can help save these incredible animals from extinction.