Greetings to everyone out there following the Tour de Turtles! My name is Estrella (Spanish for "star") and I'm a critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle, or as my fellow science folks would say, an Eretmochelys imbricate. I was released with a satellite transmitter on July 4, 2014 after nesting on Tortuguero National Park beach, Costa Rica. I measure 80.9 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. I've taken some time off from the world-renowned STC School of Sea Turtles to offer my expertise at the Tour de Turtles Migration. With the help of my geeky gang at Sea Turtle Conservancy, we will give everyone a lesson on the dangers of invasive species. Invasive species include animals such as raccoons, coyotes, or even dogs. While we cannot rid beaches of all invasive species, we can take some precautions to limit the impact they can have on sea turtles. Invasive species can decimate a population of sea turtles by digging up and eating their eggs or killing adult turtles. It's important that we follow specific and helpful guidelines to help stop invasive species such as: limiting the amount of trash and food left on the beach, supporting spay and neuter programs along the coast and always keeping an eye on your family pet while at the beach. Conclusively, by educating ourselves and patrolling nesting beaches, we can stop these outrageous attacks on sea turtles. It gives me great pleasure to participate in this year's Tour de Turtles, and although my speed may not break any sound barriers, wish me luck as I set off on this long migration! So my friends, go ahead and intellectually stimulate yourselves by reading more about my cause and support me in the marathon by spreading awareness to friends and family.

I was named by my Sponsor, Sea Turtle Conservancy . Check out my marathon migration map, where you can follow along as I swim to raise awarness about the threat of Invasive Species Predation to sea turtles. Please help me raise awareness about my cause by supporting me!

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