I finally got a chance for some much needed vacation time, which has brought me to the sunshine state of Florida. I am ready to blow off some steam, release some held in aggression, and propel myself to victory in this year's Tour De Turtles event. I believe I will conquer this race the way I do everything else, fair and square. With that being said, I am here at Tour De Turtles to raise awareness about the troubling amount of plastic debris in our oceans. Who better to take on this task? To address such issues, you all must know what makes plastic debris so threatening to our waters. Items like plastic water bottles, bags, and balloons can easily make their way into the ocean. The items have toxic materials and can be easily consumed by marine life when broken down into small pieces. The consumption of this plastic debris has caused the deaths of over 100 million marine animals and can also lead to the entanglement of turtles. Solutions to these issues can be purchasing reusable grocery bags, recycling, not releasing balloons, and picking up litter. Most importantly, I am here partaking in this race to raise awareness. This is my vow to swim all the way to the Caribbean in the hopes to educate all on the dangers of plastic debris. So bring on the competition. Whether the waters are dangerous, in low tide or high tide, warm or cold, I will succeed. After all, the cold never bothered me anyway. So let it go, let it go! Or let me go, on into the ocean and show the other turtles who's really number one.

I measure 100.4 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 90.7 cm in curved carapace width.

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

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