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Abalone Restoration Sun Suit

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10% of profits donated to Get Inspired

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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.

Model is 5'9, 137 lbs and a 34B. She is wearing a size [S] Strong

    1. UPF 50+ sun protection
    2. Fibers mechanically engineered for quick-dry, moisture-wicking and breathability
    3. Resilient 4-way stretch and recovery for shape retention in and out of the water
    4. 100% chlorine, sun, salt water, and sunscreen resistant
    5. High neck collar, thumbholes at wrists, and medium back booty coverage
    6. Back zipper for easy entry, with a long paracord pull for easy zip up
    7. Raglan cut sleeves for great range of shoulder movement
    8. No shelf bra or padding. For more support, we suggest wearing a bikini top underneath
    9. Tag-less for comfort
  • 88% Repreve® RPET (recycled polyester), 12% spandex, giving post-consumer plastic bottles a positive future.

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ADVOCATE APPAREL INSPIRED BY The sassy sea snail

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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Hi Stevie! Oh no!! So sorry to hear about this! We stand by our products and would love to get this issue taken care of for you. Our fabric is resilient and should absolutely be able to stand up to a weight belt and last you for a long time to come. Please reach out to us at hello@waterlust.com and we'll get this taken care of. P.S. Thanks for adding a photo! The suit looks incredible on you!
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