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Black Turtle Hatchling Necklace

$40.00

This sea turtle hatchling necklace is made of 925 Sterling Silver and Larimar. The design resembles the hatchlings of Black Turtles (Chelonia mydas) found in Punta Descartes that are being studied by Equipo Tora Carey as part of the sea turtle conservation project.

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This sea turtle hatchling necklace is made of 925 Sterling Silver and Larimar. The design resembles the hatchlings of Black Turtles (Chelonia mydas) found in Punta Descartes that are being studied by Equipo Tora Carey.

It is estimated that only 1 out of 1000 hatchlings will survive and make it to adulthood. This is why females can lay up to 7 nests in one reproductive season every two to three years, each composed of approximately 80 eggs and therein increase the probability that at least some will escape their predators.

The most critical phase for hatchlings is their emergence from their nest chamber 50cm deep in the sand, where they incubated for 45-55 days. All hatchlings have to move at the same time to slowly move the compacted sand to the bottom and themselves closer to the surface; this process can take up to 5 days.

Once emerged, they have to escape crabs, raccoons, birds, and fish and quickly run into the ocean to find a strong current that will take them far away from the coast into the open ocean, where predators less abundant, and initiate the “Lost Years” phase, which refers to their unknown location and whereabouts for the next 10 years or so.

Little is known about the timing at which juveniles return to the coast, but once they reproduce, they will return to the same beach where they were once born and start the cycle all over again. Today’s major threats to the successful hatching of sea turtles are the light contamination produced by unsustainable coastal constructions and the loss of vegetation that provide enough shade for the nests to maintain their temperature.

By purchasing the black turtle hatchling necklace, you support the marine conservation efforts carried out in Punta Descartes by Equipo Tora Carey. If you ever want to visit the site and learn more about the project, make sure to contact us or Equipo Tora Carey and schedule your visit, where you can help with the ray monitoring project, environmental education or sea turtle monitoring as well, and overall, help us protect what we love!

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