Saving leatherback sea turtles, one pound at a time.
Leatherback sea turtles are the oldest turtles in the world. Their family tree can be traced back more than 100 million years to a time when dinosaurs still walked the earth. They survived even when the dinosaurs went extinct, but now this once-prevalent species is facing its own extinction.
Leatherbacks are listed as a vulnerable species because they have a high risk of going extinct in the wild, but certain subpopulations like those in the Pacific and Southwest Atlantic are critically endangered. Despite our fascination with these ancient creatures, human activities are the largest threat to their survival.
Ocean plastic, climate change, coastal development, fishery bycatch, and the illegal harvesting of both eggs and mature turtles have caused rapid population declines and created a marine environment that’s antithetical to the recovery of their populations globally. Only by addressing these threats can we save the leatherback sea turtle for future generations.
To support critical leatherback sea turtle research and conservation, we’re releasing the Leatherback Sea Turtle Bracelet in partnership with Florida Atlantic University® Marine Research Lab. Leatherback hatchlings are the most costly and effort-intensive sea turtle species to care for because they require specific water parameters and a unique diet that differs from other sea turtles.
Every Leatherback Sea Turtle Bracelet purchased removes one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines and contributes to the study and care of leatherback hatchlings prior to their release back into the wild.
Marine biologists at Florida Atlantic University® are respected for their research in marine conservation, physiology and behavior, sensory biology of marine vertebrates (particularly sea turtles and fishes) and invertebrates and for coastal ecology and nutrient cycling.
The Leatherback Sea Turtle Bracelet was released June 2019 in partnership with Florida Atlantic University® and is no longer available at this time.
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