Relic x NYMRC
Featuring our co-branded sea turtle design, this 100% ring-spun cotton tee provides food and resources to recovering sea turtles at the New York Marine Rescue Center in Riverhead, New York.
Every relic order is delivered with carbon neutral shipping and compostable packaging.
Relic has partnered with the New York Marine Rescue Center to provide resources and awareness for endangered sea turtles in rehabilitation.
t-shirts for turtles
Each of our partnership sea turtle t-shirts helps to provide food and resources to recovering sea turtles at the New York Marine Rescue Center in Riverhead, New York.
The New York Marine Rescue Center is a rescue and rehabilitation organization that promotes marine conservation. Their mission is to preserve and protect the marine environment through conservation efforts including rescue, rehabilitation, education and research. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, they are the primary responders for sick or injured seals, sea turtles, dolphins, porpoises and small toothed whales, and maintain the only marine mammal and sea turtle rehabilitation center in New York State.
To date, the NYMRC has successfully rehabilitated 1,070 animals.
WHY DO TURTLES WASH UP STRANDED?
There are four species of sea turtles known to inhabit New York’s waters: (1) Kemp’s ridley sea turtle; (2) loggerhead sea turtle; (3) leatherback sea turtle; and (4) Atlantic green sea turtle (shown here). These four species of sea turtles may strand due to fishery interactions which include boat strikes, entanglement and hook ingestion. However, the NUMBER ONE reason for strandings in New York is cold stunning.
How does rehabilitation work?
Each animal is unique, and rehabilitation procedures are determined on a case-by-case basis. Just as when humans go to the doctor, each animal that comes to NYMRC has a program tailored to suit their needs. When a report is received, a team of biologists, interns, and/or volunteers conducts a field assessment to determine if the animal does in fact need to come back for rehabilitation. Sometimes if the animal appears to be in good condition, it will be left on the beach for monitoring. Not all animals on the beach are stranded and need rehabilitation.
When an animal arrives at the NYMRC facility, it will be triaged. A physical exam will be performed by biologists with a team of interns and volunteers, data will be collected through examinations and blood work, and volunteer veterinarians will make a diagnosis. Some examinations include taking measurements to see if the animal is within normal range for its species, temperature and heart rate are checked, radiographs to check the lungs, and blood samples to determine infection, dehydration, and more. Their in-house lab allows the NYMRC to perform many of these vital tests.
After a plan of action is determined for the animal, they will work alongside the volunteer veterinarians to bring the animal back to good health. The average seal spends eight weeks in rehabilitation, and the average sea turtle spends 242 days. Once an animal is healthy again, and is determined to be successful if released into the wild, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries will grant approval for release.
All information taken directly from nymarinerescue.org