My name is "Naya," which means "Earth" in the native Taino language. I'm an adult female leatherback sea turtle encountered nesting on June 1, 2009, in Zone 6 on Chiriquí Beach in Panama. I am 152.5 cm in curved carapace (shell) length, so I'm smaller than average for a female leatherback that nests on Chiriquí Beach. I was first observered by CCC researchers nesting in 2002, and returned to nest again in 2004.
A harness with a satellite transmitter was applied to me after I finished nesting. You can watch my release video filmed using infrared lights and a night vision camera. Check out my marathon migration map where you can follow along as I swim.
I'm being sponsored by InterContinental Hotel & Resorts - San Juan and I'm swimming to raise awarness about the threat of Plastic Debris Marine Pollution to sea turtles. Please help me raise awareness about my cause by supporting me!
Learn more about leatherbacks.