Hi there! My name is Pine Tyme, and I'm an 80-pound, sub-adult loggerhead sea turtle who was found floating, unable to dive near Big Pine Key, Florida Keys. Luckily, I was spotted and named by a couple of Big Pine Key residents who were surveying islands for mosquito control. They hauled me onto their small boat and took me to the The Turtle Hospital where I received excellent care. The great doctors at The Turtle Hospital took x-rays of me that showed a lot of gas in my intestines but no other injuries or problems. It took several months of treatment with a broad spectrum of antibiotics, lactulose, beano, vitamins, and a healthy diet of fish and squid. Boy, do I feel much better now! I was released from Marathon, Florida Keys, Aug. 15th (watch my release). It is important that I swim in the Tour de Turtles to raise awareness about a major threat to sea turtles: boat strikes. Many of my new turtle friends at The Turtle Hospital had been injured by boat strikes. As we all know, turtles require air to breathe. They can hold their breaths for a long time but often, when they come back up for air they are in danger of getting hit by carelessly driven boats or jet skis. Shell injuries are very serious and at times, can cause the death of sea turtles. As long as boat operators follow speed limits and water safety laws, we can help keep turtles and all marine life safe! I hope everyone will root for me during the Tour de Turtles!

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

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