Aloha dudes and dudettes, Melba here! I'm an adult female loggerhead sea turtles released with a satellite transmitter on July 27, 2014 after nesting in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. I measure 101.8 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 88.5 cm in curved carapace width. I'm groovin' on over to Melbourne Beach to prepare for the most epic race of the summer, the Tour de Turtles marathon. Unlike most of us loggerheads, competition isn't really my thing but I still got to get amped up for the event. Most days when I'm not fighting off the wrath of oil spills, pollution or bacteria, I prefer to keep the peace. But if it's for a tubular cause like water quality, who wouldn't want to participate? Let's face it; nothing's more important than high quality h20. For quite some time, my human buddies have been (unknowingly, I hope) allowing chemicals to run-off into my home. Even if it isn't direct pollution, bogus toxins like fertilizer and pesticides are sneakily making their way towards the ocean. Either way, I'm all about forgiveness so if we can work together along with my gnarly sponsors from the Sea Turtle Grants Program, we'll be able to fight for radical water quality. Now, I'm not in it and win it this year (though I wouldn't mind), I'm just going wax up my shell, ride the waves and see where they take me. So hang loose, enjoy the beach and let's hope I don't wipe out. Cowabonga!

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

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