All seven species of sea turtle are in trouble because of human impacts, especially the one favored for its beautiful "tortoiseshell" carapace, the Hawksbill. One way to help, as with ivory, rhino horn, bear bile, and tiger claw, is to make certain you NEVER buy the real thing. 

From the brochure...

HAWKSBILL SEA TURTLES, Eretmochelys imbricata (CRITICALLY ENDANGERED) are found world- wide. They spend most of their time in the open ocean before returning to the beach where they were hatched to lay their own eggs. Like many egg-laying reptiles, warmer sand temperatures in the next produce female hatchlings, cooler ones produce males. Like all seven species of sea turtle, the Hawksbill is in trouble because of harvesting their eggs and meat for food and their shells for carvings and jewelry, and because of by-catch.

Talia Connelly Not Just Leisure Textile Design: Jacquard-woven, synthetic mesh, 24 x 24 x 60 in. While poaching remains a key threat to Hawksbill Turtle populations, often overlooked are the consequences of tourism. Not Just Leisure's reinvention of a traditional scuba ensemble calls for conservation efforts to support the development of conscientious tourist models.  

Talia Connelly
Not Just Leisure
Textile Design: Jacquard-woven, synthetic mesh, 24 x 24 x 60 in.

While poaching remains a key threat to Hawksbill Turtle populations, often overlooked are the consequences of tourism. Not Just Leisure's reinvention of a traditional scuba ensemble calls for conservation efforts to support the development of conscientious tourist models.

 

Julie Ghrist, Esteban Pliego, Escareño Patricia Pagnucco, and school children in Tulum, México with Art of Conservation If a turtle egg is broken by an outside force, its life ends; if broken from within, life begins Collage: acrylic, papier mâché, watercolor on canvas, 32 x 40 in. This piece includes a mosaic of children’s watercolors glued to the canvas to form the arms and hands; these depict the human presence that is both part of the destruction and the preservation of this turtle species. We hope that the painting conveys that the future of the Hawksbill turtle is up to us.  

Julie Ghrist, Esteban Pliego, Escareño Patricia Pagnucco, and school children in Tulum, México with Art of Conservation
If a turtle egg is broken by an outside force, its life ends; if broken from within, life begins
Collage: acrylic, papier mâché, watercolor on canvas, 32 x 40 in.

This piece includes a mosaic of children’s watercolors glued to the canvas to form the arms and hands; these depict the human presence that is both part of the destruction and the preservation of this turtle species. We hope that the painting conveys that the future of the Hawksbill turtle is up to us.

 

Rae Whiteley Plight of the Hawksbill Turtle: Poached, Tangled, Carved Ink on clayboard, 9 x 36 in. Although basic protections are in place in many parts of the world for marine turtles, the legislation is neither consistent nor universal. By clarifying the dangers these turtles face, I hope to inspire my audience to do further research and take action to save them.  

Rae Whiteley
Plight of the Hawksbill Turtle: Poached, Tangled, Carved
Ink on clayboard, 9 x 36 in.

Although basic protections are in place in many parts of the world for marine turtles, the legislation is neither consistent nor universal. By clarifying the dangers these turtles face, I hope to inspire my audience to do further research and take action to save them.

 

Hawksbill sea turtle graphic (banner) by Christina Ward

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