You may not think that science and fashion can be synonymous but we beg to differ. Below are two important (and stylish) wardrobe changes we have made in the last few months to keep us hygienic from head to toe.
Coming in fetching patterns, with themes ranging from camouflage to floral (and including our favourites: dinosaurs and outer space) the hair nets are an important part of the Caraplace uniform. At this age, the young turtles will eat anything they can get near and so to ensure that we keep the hatchlings’ diet hair-free, the hair nets were introduced. Each of these stylish creations have been lovingly hand-made by our very own, multi-talented Rebecca Hall and are worn by all volunteers.
Have you ever considered all the things that come into contact with your shoes on a daily basis? To prevent the introduction of dirt, plants, and their associated pathogens into the Caraplace, we all remove our shoes before entering. This of course means we need clean shoes that stay in the Caraplace! Until recently there were limited pairs of rain boots to be shared, but in recent weeks these have been exchanged for a plentiful selection of bright and colourful crocs. Looking after the turtle hatchlings can be wet work because it largely centres around cleaning, so the crocs are a perfect fit. These get sprayed at the end of each day with a disinfectant to keep them clean and hygienic, so while they certainly brighten up the lab, they are also an integral part of ensuring the hatchlings stay nice and healthy.
Written by Rebecca Diggins and Eleri Kent