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5 Ways to Help Save an Endangered Marine Animal on Cape Cod

1. Pick Up That Plastic: As the graphic at the left from the Sea Turtle Conservancy shows, plastic that’s been tossed out on a city street can eventually make it into a body of water. Imagine a sea turtle getting tangled up in a plastic bag and trying to swim or feed. Not a pretty thought, right? Taking two seconds to put a piece of plastic in a waste receptacle could save a turtle’s life.

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2. DON’T Pick Up That Plastic: Yes, we need to stay hydrated. But what we don’t need is to keep buying bottled water. Buy a reusable container and fill it at a faucet or water fountain instead. You’ll save money and the environment. If you’re visiting Cape Cod National Seashore, look for a filling station and fill up with unlimited free, purified water. Need a reusable water bottle? As luck would have it, we actually sell a couple of different types. Click here to get started on your waste-free life.

3. Help a Turtle Cross the Road: According to the Turtle Rescue League, if a turtle is crossing a road, it’s a good idea to give them a hand. Make sure any cars can see you. With smaller turtles, grasp them on either side of their shell behind the front legs and then, keeping it low to the ground, carry it across the road and place it facing in the same direction you’d found it. With larger turtles, which may be snappers, use a blunt object to push it along in the right direction. Don’t pick it up!

4. Know When to Call the Pros: We all want to do the right thing and help out, right? But when it comes to beached seals pups, stranded dolphins and cold-stunned turtles, getting too close is actually the wrong thing. Call the pros at the Cape Cod Stranding Network, operated through IFAW, instead. If you find a marine animal in distress on a Cape beach, call 508-743-9805 and they’ll send in a specially-trained team.

5. Show [Them] the Money!: ‘Them’ would be one of the many nonprofit organizations on Cape Cod that care for marine animals. Part with a little cold hard cash (use the money you’re saving by not buying bottled water!) and you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy. There’s the Center for Coastal Studies, Wild Care Cape Cod, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and the National Marine Life Center (NMLC), to name a few. Turtleback Limited donates 10% of its profits to the NMLC which means that you can start donating right now without even leaving our website. Now that’s some feel-good stuff.

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Left to right: View of the dunes at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown where you'll find a purified water 'filling station.' A turtle on the mend at the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay. Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary in Wellfleet.

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