Hola! Me llamo es Vida. Here in Costa Rica, we say “Pura Vida,” which means “Pure Life.” It has been a staple in our vocabulary for more than 50 years, and it allows us to stay optimistic, happy, and full of life, despite all the negative circumstances around us, according to my sponsor, Pura Vida Bracelets! It’s easy being a happy Costa Rican green turtle, but there definitely are some negative circumstances we have to deal with, like the possibility of being killed for our meat. Some ways to stop this scary practice are to support government-imposed limits on consumption, patrol beaches at night for poachers, educate the public about how important we are to the ecosystem, and create eco-tourism programs like the Sea Turtle Conservancy has in Tortuguero, where I’m from! Thousands of visitors come to Tortuguero every year to witness sea turtles nest, and the economy in Tortuguero thrives off of it! By moving from the consumptive use of sea turtles to eco-tourism, STC has found that green turtles are worth much more alive than dead. It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase Pura Vida!

I was named by my Sponsor, Pura Vida Bracelets. Check out my marathon migration map, where you can follow along as I swim to raise awarness about the threat of Adult Harvest for Consumption to sea turtles. Please help me raise awareness about my cause by supporting me!

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