The second series of Oceana’s “Getting Sea Turtles Off the Hook” Public Service Announcement (PSA) ads have officially been announced. The PSAs star actresses and comedians Angela Kinsey (“The Office”) and Rachael Harris (“My Boys” and “The Hangover”).
The main focus of the PSAs is getting people involved in Oceana’s campaign to help save endangered sea turtles.
Here are the two ladies imitating bond girls, quite well I would add:
“Angela and I have wanted to get involved with Oceana for a while so we jumped at the chance to be a part of their sea turtle campaign,” said Harris.
“The general public has no idea about the man-made dangers sea turtles face – our hope is that these ads will raise awareness as well as compel people to take action and help save these animals,” Kinsey said.
Here are the ladies in another video talking about their love for sea turtles and the threats facing them:
Here’s more on Harris and Kinsey’s involvement and the endangered sea turtle situation today via Oceana:
In the spring of 2010 the two comedians accompanied Oceana on a trip to the Rivera Maya in Mexico to learn firsthand about sea turtles and to produce the second round of “Getting Sea Turtles Off the Hook” television, radio, print and internet advertisements. Harris and Kinsey were filmed at both the Centro Ecológico Akumal and Xcaret Ecological Park interacting with green and loggerhead sea turtles.
Out of the seven sea turtle species worldwide, six swim in U.S. waters and all of them are either listed as “threatened” or “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act. Though they have been swimming the world’s oceans for over 100 million years, they are now at risk of extinction due to human actions. Every year, hundreds of thousands of sea turtles are caught unintentionally by longlines, trawls and gillnets. If captured sea turtles do survive, they are often seriously injured. Other threats to sea turtles include coastal development along nesting beaches, pollution and climate change. Oceana’s campaign to save sea turtles is focused on gaining stronger protections from fishing gear as well as protections for key habitat areas.
You can view all of Oceana’s online ads here. On this site, you can also see extra material from Rachael and Angela’s trip, including bonus photos and a Q&A with the two comedians, and you can “virtually adopt” a turtle for $35-$200.
Photo Credit: screenshot of Oceana fake Bond video at top