04 August, 2009

Got Turtles?

Have you heard about the Tour de Turtles?

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 Caribbean Conservation Corporation, with help from sponsors and partners, this event follows the marathon migration of sea turtles, representing different species, from their nesting beaches to their foraging grounds. 2009 is the second year of the TdT and will follow the migration of ten sea turtles, representing four different species.

I heard about the TdT because Disney Vacation Club/Disney's Animal Programs is sponsoring a turtle named Dory. She was fitted with a satellite transmitter (and now looks a bit like an RC Car... can I have a turn at the controls??) after she laid her eggs, and was released at Disney's Vero Beach Resort on August 1.

Each of the turtles has a map tracking where they are and where they have been. They also have videos of the releases, in most cases surrounded by cheering fans. It's just the beginning, so it'll be interesting to follow where they go from here.

Go check out the site and if you're inclined, sponsor the turtle of your choice for $25.

I rate this site ***** out of *****, for education, entertainment, and TURTLES!

1 comment:

mamajoy said...

The field behind my house is protected land because turtles live there ... LOTS of them! I have no idea why, in the middle of a town, with no body of water nearby ... but there they are ... out every day doing their turtle commerce! Well for some reason, one of them made a nest in our condo's garden bed, rather than in the protected land out back.
Michael, being the vp and reigning official this season, decided (at my begging) to allow the turtle to remain until the babies hatched. It only takes 2 full moons. But some rotten old person got pissed and poured a whole box of moth balls into the hole! She said the turtle's hole would cause the sidewalk to collapse, and that this is not protected land. We argued that on ANY land an endangered species should be allowed to stay. But she killed them anyway!