Hey there everyone, Coco here! I’m turtlely stoked to be a part of Tour de Turtles this year! In my opinion I’m the raddest competitor in this thing! I’m not a nesting female like most of the turtles in the marathon, I’m actually an adult male! It is a rare opportunity to track an adult male sea turtle like me because male turtles do not normally return to land after we hatch out as babies. When I was rescued back in February, I was totally not in marathon form. I was very thin and edematous, covered in barnacles and algae.  X-rays revealed a severe intestinal impaction and pneumonia. Totally not tubular. My friends at The Turtle Hospital helped me get back on my flippers by giving me IV nutrition, broad spectrum antibiotics, lactulose, fluids and eventually, when I got my appetite back, a healthy diet of fish and squid. I passed almost 4 pounds of shells and gained 25 pounds. Now I’m back stronger than ever, weighing in at a healthy 215 lbs! I’m racing to spread the word about Poor Water Quality because clean water is crucial for sea turtles like me and my non-flippered friends. Make sure to cheer for me and spread the word to your friends!

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 Water Quality to sea turtles. Please help me raise awareness about my cause by supporting me!

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Coco

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