June's Bracelet: Sea Turtles

by 4Ocean Team June 01, 2018 3 Comments

June's Bracelet: Sea Turtles

Why Sea Turtles?

Sea turtles have been on the earth for over 220 million years - even before the dinosaurs! They have survived the odds time and time again. So why is it now that 4 of the 7 known species of sea turtles are listed as endangered or critically endangered on the IUCN Red List? There are a number of reasons why sea turtle populations are declining but all of those reasons are because of human impact. Between getting caught as bycatch in fishing gear, tangled in discarded ghost nets, and ingesting plastic that gets mistaken as fish, sea turtles are in danger because of us. That means it is also up to us to help keep their home healthy and debris-free so that sea turtle populations can begin to thrive again.

4Ocean's main headquarters is located in the South East region of Florida, which is home to thousands of sea turtle nests. In the later part of spring and early part of summer, thousands of female Loggerheads, Green Turtles, and Leatherbacks lay their eggs on Florida's beaches. Later in the summer, sea turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests and make their way to the ocean. We know how important it is to keep our oceans and coastlines clean, especially during sea turtle nesting season.  At many of our beach cleanups during the summer, we come across sea turtle nests along the way and make sure to remove any trash we find that could pose a threat to both adult turtles and newborn hatchlings. 

For the month of June we will be partnering with the Florida Atlantic University Marine Research Lab (FAU MRL). The FAU MRL is a part of the Florida Atlantic University Biological Sciences Department and is located right here in Boca Raton, FL. At the lab, students, professors, and scientists develop experiments and make observations in order to further the science and understanding of sea turtles. Some studies that are currently being conducted are:

  • -Anatomy and behavior related to different types of artificial lighting
  • -Swimming mechanics
  • -The complete life cycle of a sea turtle
  • -Gender ratio of hatchlings

We chose to partner with the FAU Marine Research Lab because what we do everyday - cleaning the ocean - has the potential to create significant benefits with regards to the preservation of sea turtle species around the world. Every year, tens of thousands of sea turtles are affected by marine debris, more specifically plastic pollution. By working together, we know that we can create a safe habitat, both on land and in the open ocean, for sea turtles to live in. 

For the month of June we will be offering our Green Limited Edition Sea Turtle Bracelet. Each bracelet purchased helps to remove 1 pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. In addition, each Sea Turtle Bracelet purchased will help to support the Florida Atlantic University Marine Research Lab's mission to better understand sea turtles, support their scientific research, and help in their conservation efforts. Be one of the first to support our efforts this month by purchasing your Limited Edition Sea Turtle Bracelet HERE.



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Emelie
Emelie

June 19, 2018

Just bought one of your green bracelets! I’m trying to live as plastic free I possibly can but I wish we could do more! Thank you for what you are doing and if you are ever hosting a cleanup in Italy i’ll Be there to assist you!

Anna Ulfsparre
Anna Ulfsparre

June 19, 2018

You are doing such a great job! I am so impressed by you work. Now ordering another 4 bracelets.

Jessie Montgomery
Jessie Montgomery

June 13, 2018

Thank you so much for your ocean clean-up efforts. I hate to think of the marine life that is destroyed because of man’s carelessness, and indifference to where we dispose of our trash.

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