The Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Sea Turtles have narrow and pointed mouths which look like the beak of a hawk. They are the smallest of the sea turtles, growing 2 to 3 feet long and weighing a massive (for its size) 100 pounds owing to the weight of its shell. There are now just around 8,000 nesting Hawksbills left in the world spread across 5 populations. They are hunted for their shells and meat, and killed by the 640,000 tons of ‘ghost fishing nets’ abandoned by fishermen in the sea every year. When you think that thousands of turtles are killed every year, you can see why the Hawksbill is now a 'critically endangered' species i.e. on the verge of extinction.
We've created a bracelet capturing the colours of the Hawksbill's shell - the hues of browns and greens it collects on this armour plating as it migrates around the world. The Hawksbill looks almost iridescent after swimming perhaps millions of miles in the deep. Whilst great travelers, their habitats are the world's coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef in the world, is a favorite Celebrate this wonderful creature who is over 100 million years old - they have been on the planet a lot longer than us!
Sea turtles can't retract their heads and legs into their bodies, so their shells aren't really homes as such, more like an armored shield. And its this armour that's helped them to become one of the oldest living species on the planet today - turtles were trawling the world's oceans over 100 million years ago when T-Rex was hunting dinosaurs on land.
Sadly their shield is no match for the threats humanity as introduced into the oceans including plastic bags which they eat mistaking them for jelly fish (their favourite food); discarded fishing nets, which they get caught up in and drown and, of course, they are hunted for meat. But it's Global Warming that will likely determine their destiny. In the oceans, warmer waters are bleaching the reefs destroying the turtles' natural habitats, and on land, the hotter sands in which turtles lay their eggs are producing more male than female turtles. The heat of the sand in which the eggs gestate determines the sex of the hatchlings and, the warmer it gets, the fewer females and the fewer eggs in future. People, the seas and the lands all seem totally aligned against these gorgeous little creatures who've been around forever.
Handmade with glass beads, this stretch bracelet measures approximately 17cm / 6.7 inches in length which may vary slightly with bead pattern.
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