I love this! 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 different species, from their nesting beaches to their foraging grounds. 2015 is the eighth year of the TdT and will follow the migration of 13 sea turtles, representing four different species. There is currently 52 days left in the TdT.
Tour de Turtles Marathon Update
Things are heating up in the race to become the 2015 Tour de Turtles champion! Now that nesting season is coming to an end, many of the competitors who were lingering around their nesting beaches have finally taken off (I’m looking at you, Pawikan!) It seems that Tiki hasn’t quite taken the hint and is still hanging out close to Tortuguero Beach. We might have another nest from her this season! Leatherback Calypso Blue IV holds a strong lead in 1st place, but the loggerheads have really turned on the jets! Check out what all the turtles are doing at www.tourdeturtles.org
.People’s Choice Contest
Pulling ahead in the People’s Choice Race is Tiki the hawksbill turtle, followed closely by Calypso Blue IV the leatherback in 2nd place and Aaron the loggerhead in 3rd place. There are still 52 days left for you to support your favorite turtle and help them win the People’s Choice Award! You can Adopt-A-Turtle and/or Tweet your support using the official tweet button on each turtle’s page.
Other Tour de Turtles News
Amie’s Nest Has Hatched!
Sea Turtle Conservancy satellite-tagged Amie the loggerhead on June 22nd after she had finished depositing her final nest of the season. I’m excited to announce that last week Amie’s nest hatched! Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, who sponsored the cost of Amie’s satellite transmitter, excavated the nest to find that 84 eggs had hatched and made it successfully to the water. Click here to view Amie’s map.
Susie Q Heads South!
Where do you think Susie Q the Green Turtle is heading? This is the first time one of the satellite-tracked greens from Tortuguero has headed south! All previous satellite-tracked greens from Tortuguero typically head north. While we know that they have been seen to the south based on flipper tags, this will be the first time we have been able to follow this migration live via satellite! Susie headed south towards Panama and is now making her way across the coast of Columbia. Click here to see Susie Q’s map.
Ripley Spotted Nesting Again!
Ripley the loggerhead was tagged as part of the Tour de Turtles in July of 2013 and her transmitter stopped sending signals in January of 2015. This is normal and usually means that the battery had died. Because the transmitter was no longer sending signals no one could be sure of where Ripley was or what she was up to. I am happy to say that Ripley was encountered nesting last month by the University of Central Florida research team on the beaches of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge! Ripley was born on this beach, satellite-tagged from this beach, and will continue to return and lay eggs on this beach for as long as she can. According to the researchers at UCF, Ripley appears very healthy and in good shape!