Leatherback Sea Turtle
The Leatherback Sea Turtle is the closest living relative to the dinosaur and the third heaviest reptile in the world (after two species of crocodile). They Grow up to 7 feet long and can weigh 2,000 pounds, that a ton and they eat jelly fish! The population has declined by 40% since 1980 and there are just 30,000 females left today after being on the planet for over 100 million years outliving every other species on the planet the plastic bags, which they mistake for jelly fish, looks to be their nemesis. Our tortoiseshell bracelet seeks to capture some of their magnificence in the colours especially as it captures the light.
Sea turtles can't retract their heads and legs into their bodies, so their shells aren't really homes as such, more like a 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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