Lucaya is an adult female leatherback sea turtle encountered nesting on May 27, 2018, on Soropta Beach, Panama. She measured 151.5 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 108.4 cm curved carapace width. We do not know exactly how many eggs she laid, but it’s always a safe bet to say almost 100.
Visit Lucaya’s personalized page on the Tour de Turtles website!
Started in 2008, the Tour de Turtles (TdT) is a fun, educational journey through the science, research and geography of sea turtle migration using satellite telemetry. Created by Sea Turtle Conservancy, with help from sponsors and partners, this event follows the marathon migration of sea turtles, representing four different species, from their nesting beaches to their foraging grounds. Scheduled to begin August 1st each year, Tour de Turtles will track individual sea turtles, for approximately three months, as they leave their respective nesting beaches and race to complete a "turtle" marathon. The Tour de Turtles competitors will swim with the goal of being the first turtle to swim the furthest distance during the migration marathon. You can get involved by supporting a turtle to help raise awareness about their cause. While we may not know the outcome of the race, one thing is certain: saving sea turtles is a marathon, not a sprint!