Hola! Me llamo es Lucaya! Even though I was born in Panama, I’m quite the world traveler and my name is actually Bahamian. It was given to me by my amazing sponsors at Atlantis Paradise Island. They’ve been supporting my other leatherback friends from this very beach for eightyears! I was so excited when I heard it was finally my turn to represent Team Atlantis in this year’s Tour de Turtles race. I already have more than 25 years of experience migrating under my flippers, so they knew I was the best choice to join them in raising awareness about commercial trawl fisheries. Throughout my years of traveling the globe, I have seen a lot of amazing things, and some not so amazing things… commercial trawl fisheries being one of those. Commercial trawl fisheries are 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, make sure you’re eating sustainably sourced fish and supporting companies and countries that use Turtle Excluder Devices on trawl boats. I plan on exploring some new territory this year, so flippers crossed I don’t run into any trawl fisheries during my travels!

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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