Hi friends! My name is Sugar and I'm the sweetest hawksbill you'll ever meet!  I've spent the past 20 years traveling around to lovely places like Aruba, Bahamas and St. Kitts. I recently nested on the beautiful Lover's Beach in Nevis and was persuaded to join the Tour de Turtles marathon by the wonderful people at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis. I measure 82.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 76.5 cm curved carapace width and I was first seen nesting in Nevis in 2007. Along with my friends at the Four Seasons,  I decided to participate in the race to help inform everyone about climate change. Climate change can cause ice caps to melt which results in rising sea levels. These rising sea levels result in the disappearance of many beaches that sea turtles need to travel back to in order to nest. Additionally, climate change can cause rising temperatures, which affects the temperature of sand on the beach. A hatchling's gender is determined by sand temperature-- Eggs in cooler parts of the nest will be males where as eggs in the upper warmer part are females. Scientists predict that the rising temperatures may cause more females to hatch, which directly affects the genetic diversity of turtles. To battle this problem, humans can use energy-saving methods of transportation, recycle more, plant vegetation along beaches to provide better nesting habitat, and look for alternative sources of energy, like solar or wind. You all seem like lovely people, so I would really appreciate if you would follow my Tour de Turtles journey and help raise awareness about the threat of climate change. Together, we can make a difference!

I was named by my Sponsor, Four Seasons . Check out my marathon migration map, where you can follow along as I swim to raise awarness about the threat of Climate Change to sea turtles. Please help me raise awareness about my cause by supporting me!

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