For this collection, we support the NGO MISSION BLUE in its mission to preserve the oceans and biodiversity. Led by legendary oceanographer Dr. SYLVIA EARLE, Mission Blue is uniting a global coalition to inspire an upwelling of public awareness, access and support for a worldwide network of marine protected areas.
LOVE UNDER THE SEA collection have been proudly designed by RENA ORTEGA, an illustrator, explorer of the world and nature lover from Barcelona. Her work seeks to make people aware of the beauty of this world and its wildlife in order to protect them.
Caribe POPSICASE is helping keep the love stories alive of these species!
✔️These roly-poly herbivores just may be the cows of the sea. In fact, they are occasionally called sea cows, as they are slow plant-eaters, peaceful and similar to cows on land. They often graze on water plants in tropical seas.
❗️Today, manatees are considered vulnerable due to a variety of threats they are facing including boat collisions, hunting, habitat destruction and toxic red tides.
✔️ Hawksbill turtles look like hawks. They are named for their long, narrow head and their hawk-like beak.
❗️ Like many sea turtles, hawksbills are a critically endangered species due mostly to human activities. Hawksbill eggs are still eaten around the world despite the turtle’s international protected status, and they are often killed for their flesh and their stunning shells.
Common Spiny Lobster
✔️ Did you know that when the spiny lobster is threatened by a predator, it flexes its tail to escape backwards and emits a loud rasping sound? The sound is produced using a stick-slip method, like a violin.
❗️ Today the common spiny lobster is considered vulnerable with a decreasing population, due to over-exploitation by fisheries.
✔️ One thing fascinating about startfishes is that most of them can regenerate damaged parts or lost arms and they can shed arms as a means of defense
❗️ These beautiful marine creatures face constant threats, due to the reduction of coral reef habitat, pollution, and marked changes in water temperature.
MADE FROM DISCARDED FISHING NETS AND SCRAP ALUMINIUM
Fishing nets are constantly being renewed. Until very recently these nets, mostly made from nylon, were thrown into garbage containers and treated as waste, increasing the contamination of our land and seas. Thanks to the collaboration of people like the Fisherman’s Guild, these nets are now being collected for POPSICASE, which means less pollution and less waste.