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Abalone Restoration Sun Mask

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10% of profits donated to Get Inspired

Known for the psychedelic patterns found on their inner shells, abalone (sea snails) feature unique colors that are created by nacre, hexagonal platelets of aragonite also known commonly as “mother of pearl” and found on a variety of mollusks. Our print features the piercing blues of New Zealand’s Pāua, the Māori name given to three species Haliotis iris, Haliotis australis and Haliotis virginea.

    1. UPF 50+ sun protection
    2. Lightweight fibers mechanically engineered for quick dry, and moisture wicking means easy to breathe and won’t fog your glasses
    3. 100% chlorine, sun, saltwater and sunscreen resistant
    4. Variety of versatile ways to wear in & out of the water. Keep your face and neck covered or hold your hair back
  • 92% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester), 8% lycra, giving post-consumer plastic bottles a positive future.

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versatile protection from the sun

buff, head cover, hat, face cover, headband, face shield, sun shield, protect your face from the sun
buff, head cover, hat, face cover, headband, face shield, sun shield, protect your face from the sun


Abalone is the common name for a variety of marine snails that are found throughout the world’s oceans. Sought after for their meat and their beautiful shells, populations have declined rapidly and some species are now critically endangered. Our relationship with abalone illustrates the challenges of overexploitation of the marine environment. Until the 1980’s, it was widely thought that abalone populations were resilient and could effectively rebound from harvesting activities. Unfortunately, that has not proven to be true.

Abalone are “broadcast spawners,” meaning that two individuals must be within three feet of one another to sexually reproduce. This type of reproduction makes population recovery very challenging, driving the need for humans to intervene. Marine biologist Nancy Caruso is doing just that, and founded Get Inspired, a non-profit organization that specializes in marine conservation & education.

Besides physically growing juvenile abalone along California’s coast and populating them back into the coastal kelp forest marine habitat, Nancy recognizes that protecting the ocean in the future requires educating children today. That is why she has launched a 10 year initiative to grow 100,000 abalone in classrooms across the golden state and restore them along the southern California coast, inspiring and utilizing the help of the next generation of scientists along the way. 10% of profits from your purchase will be donated to this restoration effort.

Nancy Caruso holding green abalone (Haliotis fulgens) off the coast of California.

Growing juvenile abalone. Once they reach adulthood, they’ll be released into the wild along southern California’s coast.

High school student divers trained by Nancy to participate in the abalone restoration efforts.

The next generation of scientists measuring abalone in their classroom nursery.

Photos used to create this print were taken by Alyssa Frederick, a PhD researcher, science advocate and communicator. Her PhD research focuses on how disease and temperature stress affect abalone.

Made from recycled materials

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