Hey everyone! Bortie Too, here. I’m hoping to follow in the steps of my predecessor, Bortie, and swim fast and far in this year’s Tour de Turtles! My sponsors at Anna Maria Island’s Turtle Watch and Bortell’s Lounge nicknamed me Luna, like the moon. I have many fond memories of the moon when I was a hatchling on the beach - it was the beacon that guided my way to the wide and vast ocean I now call home. The Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch worked hard to keep bright white artificial lights off of the beach so I wouldn’t become distracted while trying my best to scurry out to sea. That’s why I decided to nest on my home turf, so I could give my hatchlings a good home and a better chance to survive. Hatchlings born on artificially-lit beaches become attracted to bright white light on beachfront properties. These lights make the beach so bright that hatchlings are not able to tell the difference between the land and ocean, and end up on dangerous roadways and parking lots instead. Adult sea turtles like me know better than to nest in areas impacted by light pollution, and would rather travel far away to find a safe beach for our babies. That’s why Anna Maria Island’s Turtle Watch is partnering with again this year to continue raising awareness about the threat of light pollution. You can make a difference by using sea turtle-friendly lights on the beach, and only lighting what you need for safety. By protecting our moonlit sky, you’ll help sea turtles everywhere prosper for years to come. Just remember: turtles out, lights out!

I was named by my Sponsor, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch Bortell's Lounge. 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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