Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, am I excited to be participating in the 7th annual Tour de Turtles, woo-hoo! I'm Panama Jack, but my friends call me Splashin' PJ because I can barely sit still! I'm an adult female leatherback sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter after nesting on Punta Rincon Beach, Panama on May 25, 2014. I measure 145.0 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 108.0 cm in curved carapace width. I returned and nested again on July 15. I just love swimming and splashing and diving as deep as I can. Racing in the Tour de Turtles is going to be such a hoot! Even though crawling up the beach and laying nearly 100 eggs in Panama was tiring, I've had some time to rest and now have all my energy back! I'm ready to swim as far and fast as I can to help raise awareness for a good cause, and that is to teach all you folks about the dangers of light pollution. You can learn all about my cause on the Tour de Turtles website and find out how you can help make a difference. It really is easy... Make sure to install sea turtle friendly lights on any of your beachfront property and always close the blinds and shades during nesting season. With the help of my great and knowledgeable sponsors at Turtle & Hughes, Inc, we can teach everyone about going "Lights Out" for sea turtles during nesting season! Oh, this is going to be so much fun! Don't forget to cheer me on during my journey, I plan on swimming fast and far!

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

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Panama Jack

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