Did you know that 100% of baby sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs?
Did you know that nearly all species of sea turtle are now classified as endangered, with 3 of the 7 existing species being critically endangered?
Turtles face a massive plight – and this #WorldTurtleDay, we’re teaming up with Rainforest Concern to help protect the endangered Leatherback Turtles in Costa Rica. To raise awareness, for this week only we are offering 20% off our sustainable range and donating 10% of all sales directly to the charity and their work to protect these wonderful creatures.
As an extra bonus, if you spend £40 – we’ll also give you a FREE Classic Stainless Steel Water Bottle.
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- Largest of all turtles.
- Unknown number of individuals but listed as Vulnerable and populations declining.
- While some populations (Northwest Atlantic and Southeast Atlantic subpopulations) are large and stable, others have seen significant declines. For example, the East Pacific subpopulation has declined by > 97% over three generations.
- Leatherbacks are distributed circumglobally, with nesting sites on tropical sandy beaches and foraging ranges that extend into temperate and sub-polar latitudes.
Threats to leatherbacks are listed as:
- Fisheries bycatch: incidental capture of marine turtles in fishing gear targeting other species
- Take: direct utilisation of turtles or eggs for human use (i.e. consumption, commercial products).
- Coastal development affecting critical turtle habitat: human-induced alteration of coastal environments due to construction, dredging, beach modification, etc.
- Pollution and Pathogens: marine pollution and debris that affect marine turtles (i.e. through ingestion or entanglement, disorientation caused by artificial lights), as well as impacts of pervasive pathogens (e.g. fibropapilloma virus) on turtle health.
- Sea turtles often mistake our waste (plastic) as their food (jellyfish).
- Climate change: current and future impacts from climate change on marine turtles and their habitats (e.g. increasing sand temperatures on nesting beaches affecting hatchling sex ratios, sea level rise, storm frequency and intensity affecting nesting habitats, etc).
Some good news from the 2020 hatching season at Urpiano, Costa Rica:
- Despite the difficulties caused by Covid-19 restricting movements and preventing overseas volunteers, the team saved an incredible 43% of 773 nests – an increase of 15% from the previous record of 28% saved, and the largest number of individual nests saved in one season.
- Not only were record-breaking numbers of nests saved, 61% of eggs successfully hatched – and 13,296 hatchlings were released to the sea. In the project’s sixth season, the team were able to release almost 20 times as many hatchlings as in its first.