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January 16, 2017

New Year, Same Turtles (for now...)

Sea Turtle Season runs from March 1 through October 31, but that does not mean the FAU Marine Research Lab is empty during off season! The newborn hatchings that were gathered from the beaches in Palm Beach County in South Florida have grown up in the lab. During their time in the lab they were monitored daily and were fed a special diet to ensure a healthy development. 
Now that these turtles are healthy, strong, and big enough to return to the ocean, they are being released offshore where they have a better chance of survival from predators. We are so happy to have been able to save hundreds of hatchlings this past year, and we could not have done it without all of you!
Before we know it, all of the sea turtles from last season will safely be set free to explore the ocean! Just in time... for new baby hatchlings! In a few months all of the older hatchlings will be gone and the new hatchlings from this upcoming season will take their place. We are so excited for the next upcoming Sea Turtle Season! Check our blog to stay connected with what is going on in the lab. 
January 09, 2017

Sea Turtles Released Back to the Big Blue Ocean

This past weekend, the Devocean team paired up with our friends at the FAU Marine Research Lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center to release young sea turtles back to the ocean!
Releasing these turtles is not as easy as releasing the older adults. Unlike the larger adults who are rehabilitated and released on the shore once they are strong enough and healthy again, these younger turtles are too small to be released right on the beach. Because of their small size, they are still prey to many predators. The team wants to ensure that these sea turtles have the best chance of survival to be able to live long and healthy lives.
In order to ensure these turtles are not targets to larger prey, the team took off from Boca Raton, Florida, and headed out into the Atlantic ocean to find a large batch of Sargassum offshore. Sargassum is brown algae and is widely distributed in the warmer waters of the globe - the same seaweed that is typically found along the shoreline of the east coast of the United States. It is used by hatchlings and younger sea turtles as protection from predators, as well as a reliable food source, until they are large enough to survive on their own without the needed protection. Many young fish also take shelter in the sargassum beds until they are older and big enough to survive in the rest of the ocean. This is why it is vital to find a sargassum bed large enough to support the young sea turtles. 
Thank you Devotees for your constant support in helping to ensure happy and healthy lives for these sea turtles. Without you - major accomplishments like these would not be possible! The Devocean team is so glad to have started the new year with the release of these beautiful creatures.

Together, let's make 2017 the best year yet for sea turtles everywhere!

December 26, 2016

2016 Accomplishments for Sea Turtles

This past year, we've been able to make a huge, positive difference in the lives of sea turtles. With your help, we were able to release several hundred baby sea turtles safely back to the ocean after being cared for in the FAU Sea Turtle Research Lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Below, we have highlighted just some of the many milestones for sea turtles and our oceans this past year!
  • Green Sea Turtles in Florida and Mexico are no longer considered Endangered (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA))
  • Sanibel Island, Florida had a record-breaking number of sea turtle nests for this nesting season with a total of 636 nests - beating the record back from 2000!
  • The Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) has worked with over 65 properties, representing over 45,000 linear feet of beach darkened to decrease the number of sea turtle hatchlings who become disoriented due to artificial lighting along the coastline
  • Under authority of the Antiquities Act, President Obama expanded Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii (a marine preservation site) by 442,000 square miles
  • Increased research and knowledge has led to hundreds of sea turtles being successfully treated for Fibropapillomatosis (a cancerous virus that produces both external and internal tumors)
Milestones and accomplishments such as the ones stated above are why we so strongly believe in the importance of contributing to sea turtle research to learn how we can effectively improve the lives of these beautiful marine animals. Our vision is to have our oceans clean and free from pollution so that sea turtles and all marine animals may live happy and healthy lives. We are committed to saving our oceans and are glad we have so many Devotees who have the same determination and commitment. 

Thank you all for helping to make this year an incredible year for Sea Turtles!

December 12, 2016

Make a Craft, Save a Turtle!

On Saturday, December 17th, you can join the team at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, FL for their annual "Ornaments Naturally." Ornaments Naturally is an event where both children and adults can create holiday ornaments and accessories from seashells, sea beans, pine cones, and other colorful materials. All materials will be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring their own materials as well that may be used in their own personal crafts. You can make a beautiful keepsake for yourself, and make another to give as a gift to someone else!
The cost is $7 for members and $10 for non-members, the proceeds will go towards Gumbo Limbo's environmental programs, which include scholarships, Sea Turtle Rehabilitation, public exhibit improvements, and more."
Bring your imagination this coming up Saturday and join us in making unique crafts! We hope to see you there!
Below is the address for Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
1801 N Ocean Blvd
Boca Raton, FL 33432
November 28, 2016

What Cold Weather Means For Sea Turtles

With the holidays and winter weather on its way, what happens to the sea turtles?
Even though Florida waters typically stay warmer than the rest of the United States, there are sea turtles who are still affected by the chilled ocean temperatures even that far south. However, sea turtles who find themselves swimming through colder water in northern regions may encounter "cold-stunning" a lot more often.
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What is "cold stunning?"
Cold Stunning is when a sea turtle goes into a hypodermic state that occurs when they are exposed to prolonged cold water temperatures. This includes a decreased heart rate, decreased circulation, and lethargy. This is often followed by shock, pneumonia, and possibly death if not treated in time.
Since Sea Turtles are naturally cold-blooded reptiles, they depend on external sources of heat which determines their body temperature. In colder water, they are unable to get the warmth they need to warm themselves, and must migrate to warmer waters to avoid cold stunning.
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In Massachusetts alone, there are between 50-200 sea turtles that encounter cold stunning every winter season. In addition to Massachusetts turtles, New York and other northern states also experience cold stunned sea turtles on their beaches. While any sea turtle can be affected by cold stunning, the most common are the Kemp's Ridley, Loggerheads, and Green Sea Turtles. Luckily, there is a solution! Sea Turtle Rescues are contacted every year and save hundreds of cold stunned sea turtles. These turtles are rehabilitated in Sea Turtle Research and Rescue programs and released into warmer water regions.
This holiday season, let us not forgot about our favorite creature in the ocean!
If you are at the beach and see a sea turtle that is not moving, lethargic, or seems to be struggling, please contact your local Sea Turtle Conservation or Sea Turtle Rescue because they may be cold stunned and in need of help. Thank you again, devotees, for helping to make it possible for sea turtles to enjoy not only their summer months in the ocean, but their winter months too!
November 23, 2016

Bigger Sales Means Bigger Donations!

A common question the Devocean team gets is, "when your products are on sale, does 20% still get donated to Sea Turtle Research and Ocean Conservation Programs?" and the answer is YES!

At Devocean, we are devoted to the ocean, and devoted to helping sea turtles to flourish once again in our oceans. 20% of ALL of our sales (including our soon-to-be Black Friday sale) goes directly towards making sure our vision turns into a reality. We currently donate to the FAU Sea Turtle Research Lab in Boca Raton, Florida.
Lead by Dr. Jeanette Wyneken and Dr. Michael Salmon, these professors and their students have saved thousands of baby hatchlings making sure they receive the proper nutrition, care, and special diet that will enable them to make their journey back to the ocean that much easier. 
Thanks to all of our devotees, we have been able to make extremely generous donations throughout the year and together with our friends at the FAU Sea Turtle Research Lab have helped ensure a better life for thousands of sea turtles, both young and old. Thank you for all you have helped us do - and let us continue to help improve the lives of sea turtles and let them flourish once again! 
November 21, 2016

Need Help Pairing Accessories With Our Apparel? We're Here To Help!

So you and your besties just bought one of our super cute long sleeve pocket tees or our soft, warm fleece hoodie for this winter and now want to find the perfect Devocean accessories to match - but there is so much to choose from! The Devocean team is here with a solution to help you out! Below are pictures of some of our favorite combinations to make sure you are extra stylish this chilly season!
Our Electric Green Hoodie is one of our best sellers and will keep your nice and toasty on those chilly winter mornings. We love to pair this hoodie with our Sunshine Yellow and White Pearl Beach Glass Bracelets, as well as throw on our Driftwood Beach Brown Donation Bracelet from our Donation Bracelet Pack. This combo reminds us that no matter what season, to keep a little sunshine with you!
Our Makai Mandala Long Sleeve Tee is one of our three long sleeve pocket tees from our Fall Collection - but that doesn't mean you can only wear this comfortable tee in the fall! It's perfect for winter too! Since we're hooked on the idea of how cute these tees are, we decided to pair this tee with no other than our Black Silver Fish Hook Bracelet. To compliment the white lettering in "Devocean Co.", we paired the Silver Fish Hook Bracelet with two Pearl White Beach Glass Bracelets, and the Driftwood Beach Brown Donation Bracelet from our Donation Bracelet Pack
Our last combo that we LOVE, and hope you will too, involves our Palm Breeze Long Sleeve Pocket Tee. This fall and winter season, we hope that you go and explore new places and get to experience the seasons! That is why we paired this tee with our most popular Deep Blue Devocean Cap - to keep that blazing sun out of your eyes so you can see all nature has to offer! We paired this look with our Black Pearl and Pearl White Beach Glass Bracelets, as well as one of our favorites, the Driftwood Beach Brown Donation Bracelet from our Donation Bracelet Pack (this Donation Bracelet can go with ANY combo!)
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