December's Monterey Series

Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle!

This is December and the last colorway of our year-long tour of Monterey! 

Photo credit: USFWS 

Yes, California does have sea turtles! The Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle is actually California's official state marine reptile! They've roamed the waters for 75 million years, and adults reach up to 2000 pounds and 8 feet long. This makes them the oldest and largest marine reptile in the Pacific. Leatherbacks are also known for their unusual leathery backs- they're the only sea turtle without a hard bony shell!

They're born on the coasts of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. Once hatched the tiny creatures instinctively make their way to the bright light on the horizon and into the ocean. What happens next to the hatchlings no one knows- it's called the "lost years," but hopefully most come back to nest as adults. Adults nest on the shores, then spend the large part of a year migrating 7000 miles to California waters, including the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, where they feast on jellyfish. 

This turtle is critically endangered, and the population has declined dramatically over the last couple decades. Scientists are concerned that climate change will affect their ability to survive. The temperature of the sand on the nested eggs determines the sex of the hatchlings, which can affect their ability to reproduce as a population. Amazing volunteers and beach monitors help protect these vulnerable nests from wild dogs and pigs, and also add shade to protect them from excessive heat (see photo below)!

Watch this video about Leatherbacks!

Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

You can help...

Help sea turtles by limiting your use of plastics, especially single use plastic. Leatherbacks sometimes mistake plastic bags and balloons as food (they can look like jellyfish), which can kill them.

Also, unregulated and unsustainable fishing practices kills sea turtles, causing many to get caught or tangled by nets and hooks. So, support sustainable seafood and aquaculture by buying sustainable and USA sourced seafood! See Monterey's sustainable seafood guides (they even have an app)! Fisheries in the USA are regulated, but about 90% of America's seafood is imported from other countries, often which aren't regulated well. 


Order the Last Monterey Series!

New Colorway!

Below is Mountain Snow Play with an Iced Pine miniskein available in a sock kit. Color inspiration came from Barbara's vintage sled, which was a lot of fun to load up after the big snowfall! Shown with Kaibab Trail sock kits.
See the New Yarns!

From us...

In case you missed it, we were hit with a big snowstorm that silently covered the mountains with 3 feet of snow last week! So strange to have temperate warm weather just a quick drive away. Hope you're all staying cozy and peaceful as we head into more holidays!

And yes, it did take quite a while to dig that car out...
-Barbara & Brandy


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