Why hello there, Bonitas! My name's Esperanza, which means "hope" in Spanish. I'm an adult female green sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter on July 3, 2014 after nesting on Tortuguero National Park beach, Costa Rica. I measure 104.9 cm in curved carapace (shell) length. I returned to nest again on July 16, 2014. I took off from Tortuguero, Costa Rica and am swimming in the Tour de Turtles to raise awareness about the threat of egg harvesting for consumption, also known as poaching. Ay dios mio, this issue has been such a problem for mi turtle familia. For centuries, humans have been seeking out turtle eggs because in some parts of the world they are considered to be a delicacy. After me and my fellow turtle amigos lay our eggs on the beach, we return to the sea. Poachers often disturb these nests and steal our eggs to sell for profit or even to cook and eat. This has vastly affected the turtle population, especially for endangered green sea turtles like myself. To help solve this problem, we all have to work together to raise awareness about the issue. In order for all of us to do so; don't consume turtle products, support ecotourism in places like Tortuguero that encourages saving turtles, and report any disturbances to nests. Also, put your fins together and cheer me on in the Tour de Turtles race while I swim against egg harvesting with the help of mis amigos at Contiki and TreadRight!

I was named by my Sponsor, TreadRight Foundation & Contiki . Check out my marathon migration map, where you can follow along as I swim to raise awarness about the threat of Egg Harvest for Consumption to sea turtles. Please help me raise awareness about my cause by supporting me!

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