Every year, more and more plastic and trash enter the ocean, threatening the lives of the animals that call it home. Sea turtles, who happen to be some of the most beloved and endangered species on the planet, are particularly at risk from this onslaught of ocean debris. At 4ocean, we are on a mission to help stop this from happening. That is why we are on the water 7 days a week removing plastic, trash, and debris from the ocean and coastlines.
It is estimated that over half of all sea turtles have ingested some form of plastic in their lifetime. When debris, like plastic bags, are in the water where turtles feed, the turtles can easily mistake the trash for food. And for those that do avoid a plastic lunch, they are still at significant risk of becoming entangled in other forms of debris like ghost nets, buoy lines, or other discarded fishing gear, which can lead to injury or even death.
Another extremely worrisome trend is the fact that globally the ratio of female sea turtles being born vs. male sea turtles being born is becoming more and more lopsided to the female side. The sex of a turtle is determined by the nest temperature during incubation and when the nests are on the warmer side during development, the hatchlings will be all female. This could be related to rising temperatures caused by global climate change and is something that should be watched very carefully in the coming years.
We have partnered with the Florida Atlantic University® Marine Research Lab to raise global awareness about these and other issues facing sea turtles as well as to help combat the plastic debris problem first-hand through our cleanups.
Each Sea Turtle Bracelet sold removes one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines so that dangerous items like plastic and marine debris never have a chance to make it into the open ocean where they might be encountered by sea turtles. In addition, every bracelet purchased also helps to further the Florida Atlantic University Marine Research Lab’s mission of moving sea turtle science forward by supporting the study and care of sea turtles prior to release in the wild.
Purchase and proudly wear your Sea Turtle Bracelet and spread the word so that we can all take responsibility toward a more sustainable future for our planet and for sea turtles! You can help make even more of a difference by thinking about your lifestyle and taking the opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever you can.