I did a post-consumer plastic fill, since it won't degrade or stick through over time as polyester fill can, and it gives a bit of noise when it's squeezed - which kids like and dogs love.
I've made turtles before, I just think they are really fun and cute! It's hard for me not to love them when I have a little live turtle of my own. This particular one reminds me of Oyster out at Sea Life Minnesota (You can check out their blog here: http://sealifemn.blogspot.com/ ). She's a Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle: the rarest in the world: these turtles probably only have about 1,000 egg laying females left, and are only known to lay on one beach in the Caribbean.
This one has very similar construction to the turtle: there is no sewing involved, and the entire piece is integrated with crochet stitches. It is also filled with post-consumer plastics. This is one of my favorite ways to recycle! It still has the same purple eyes that I include in pretty much all crochet animals.
Purchase toward a Donation!
One really cool thing I'm doing with these designs, is that starting on Small Business Saturday - November 26 - through the end of the year, proceeds for the underwater crochet animals will be donated to Project Aware to help further conservation efforts in our oceans.
Project Aware works very hard toward conserving our oceans, not just for scuba divers like me, but for every one. Since the majority of our world is in the water, preserving this environment helps to preserve our own. One of the biggest things that Project Aware works toward is protecting our shark species.
Sharks are near the top of the food chain in our oceans, so it makes it very hard for these oceans to stay in balance without them... You'll never see me make a shark with a mouth. I can write a ton of statistics about how sharks should be the least of our worries, so I'll give you three:
More people are killed by lions every month than are killed by sharks in a year (I call this my comparable statistic).
More people are killed by their own toasters every year than are killed by sharks in a year (funny statistic).
Here is my sad statistic: More people are killed every day in the United States in drunk driving accidents than are killed by sharks in two years.
So, enough of my PSA: sharks are cool! So, I hope that by the end of the year, I have a ton of these guys on backorder!
For more information on what Project Aware does, check out their website here: http://www.projectaware.org/