Help us Support Sea Turtles26th August 2015
Did you know that sea turtles have existed for over 100 million years? However only recently they are struggling to survive.
A few years ago I was on holiday in Borneo on the aptly named ‘Turtle Island’; an island dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles. We were lucky enough to witness two of these giant turtles laying her eggs. It was there that I was educated on the plight facing these creatures.
Believe it or not, one of the main threats they still face is poaching for consumption. Both the eggs and turtles themselves are under threat from this. Along with this there is still demand for illegal turtle shell products, which particularly affects Hawksbill turtles who are now listed as critically endangered.
Other threats sea turtles are faced with include commercial fishing, marine debris, artificial lighting, coastal armouring, beach erosion, beach activities, invasive species, oil spills and climate change. It’s quite a long list.
When we think of sea turtles we think about how unique they are, how serene, how peaceful, and what a shame it would be for them to no longer be roaming the earth. However implications of their extinction could be far more reaching than simply our emotional attachment and their extinction drastically effect the ecosystem which ultimately could impact on us humans. You can read more on the effects of their extinction here »
Learning of all this we really wanted to do our bit to help save these creatures for extinction and have teamed up with the Sea Turtle Conservancy charity who we’ve pledged to donate 100% of profits from the sale of our Silver Turtle Necklace to.
The work they do involves carrying out worldwide programs to conserve and recover sea turtle populations through research, education, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which depend upon. You can read more on their website here »
If you love sea turtles as much as we do, and want to see them roaming the earth many years to come, please help by wearing our silver turtle necklace with pride.
Turtle photo courtesy of Sea Turtle Conservancy