Hi there, my name is Soca! I am from Soropta, Panama, but you could say I’m a world traveler. I rarely stay in one place at one time – there is just too much to see out there in that great blue ocean. That’s why I’m so excited to be racing in the Tour de Turtles! In my travels, I have seen a lot of amazing things, and some not so amazing things, like commercial trawl fisheries. Commercial trawl fisheries are these big boats that drag giant nets behind them, catching all kinds of creatures. I’ve been lucky that I haven’t gotten stuck in one yet, but it would be very easy for me to get trapped in the net! To make sure other leatherbacks like me don’t get stuck in these nets, you can make sure you’re eating sustainably sourced fish, support companies and countries that use Turtle Excluder Devices on trawl boats, and to petition government officials to keep up with boat inspections to make sure fishermen are following the rules! That way, I can continue living my dream and travel the globe!

I was named by my Sponsor, Atlantis Paradise Island. Check out my marathon migration map, where you can follow along as I swim to raise awarness about the threat of Commercial Trawl Fisheries to sea turtles. Please help me raise awareness about my cause by supporting me!

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