World Turtle Day: It’s Time to Shellebrate!
Most of us remember Crush. He was the ridiculously laid back sea turtle that helped Nemo’s father hitch a ride on the East Australian current in Finding Nemo. His fearless son, Squirt, also succeeded in stealing our hearts with his high-spirited personality and big expressive eyes, so it’s no wonder that the world has dedicated an entire day to celebrating and protecting these fantastic creatures. That’s right, 23rd May 2017 is World Turtle Day!
Sponsored by The American Tortoise Rescue – a non-profit organisation established in 1990 to protect all species of tortoise and turtle – World Turtle Day aims to raise awareness about the dangers posed to the sensitive habitats of turtles. Not to mention the illegal trading of undersize turtles that occurs within the pet industry across the world!
The American Tortoise Rescue has placed around 4000 turtles in protective homes since it began its work in 1990. It strives to bring attention to the plight of turtles and tortoises, and their disappearing habitats, around the world. So, in order to shellebrate all that is fabulous about the humble turtle, and help highlight this worthy cause, we thought we’d share our pick of turtlerific crafting finds for you to get creative with. But first, here are our top turtle facts!
Did You Know?
- Turtles don’t have ears! But don’t worry, they can still hear. Thin flaps of skin cover internal ear bones which pick up vibrations and low-frequency sounds.
- Most turtles’ shells are actually made up of 60 different bones, which are all fused together.
- Water turtles generally live for around 35 years, but box turtles and tortoises can live up to 100 years!
- The oldest known sea turtle fossils date back about 150 million years, making them some of the oldest creatures on Earth!
- A sea turtle’s gender is determined by the temperature of the surrounding environment of its egg before it hatches. Warmer temperatures tend to produce more female hatchlings, whereas cool temperatures result in males.
Our Top Picks for Turtally Awesome Crafting
Have you ever crafted with a turtle theme? No? Then you’re missing out! Turtles are beautiful, elegant creatures that seamlessly glide through the water with long webbed feet or flippers. Then there’s the shell. This incredible structure not only protects turtles from harm, but it’s also a brilliant way to incorporate colour, embellishments and intricacy into your crafting!
This gorgeous die will enable you to effortlessly cut a detailed sea turtle design. It features a flourishing pattern within its outline that’s ideal for creating a sharp focal point for a project. Alternatively, it could be an additional decorative embellishment for something larger.
If you’ve ever wanted to have a pet turtle, this is your chance! Use TOFT’s step-by-step instructions to stitch together your own mini turtle in a lovely moss green shade. Additionally, you could give ‘Kat’ some friends – this bundle contains an octopus and a crab, too!
If you’re more of a sewer than a crocheter, this Simplicity pattern enables you to create an adorable stuffed turtle (plus penguins and an elephant!). Make your turtle using fleece for a soft and squeezable friend, or mix up your fabric patterns for a fun patchwork effect.
This fantastic mould features a selection of sea-creature-themed cavities, enabling you to create impressive lollipops. Ideal for kids’ parties, one of these cavities is a smiling sea turtle! There’s no need to worry about detail; Wilton has done it for you. All you have to do is colour!
Share the Love
So there you have it. It’s time to don that turtle-neck jumper (unless you’re more of a shellsuit kind of a crafter?) and show your love for these creatures on the 23rd. Make beautiful cards, scrapbook pages, or bake for them. Turtles around the world will thank you for it!