The Sea Turtle Conservancy is the oldest sea turtle research and conservation group in the world and has tracked sea turtles since the mid-1950s. Its annual Turtle Tour allows people to follow the marathon migration of four different species of turtles seascapes that have been tagged with satellite transmitters.
Sea turtles don’t nest and feed in the same areas, and at least 90% of a sea turtle’s life is spent in the water, making most of their habits unknown without tracking. appropriate. These turtles are highly migratory and travel hundreds or even thousands of miles between the beaches where they lay their eggs and the foraging (feeding) areas where they spend much of their time at sea.
With the use of the attached satellites, researchers can then visually see where the turtles are, the route they have traveled and how fast they typically swim. A researcher can also determine habitat characteristics at the turtle’s location.
Beginning August 1 each year, the Tour de Turtles follows sea turtles for approximately three months as they leave their respective nesting beaches and race to complete a “turtle” marathon. Competitors in the Tour de Turtles will swim with the goal of being the turtle to swim the farthest in the migration marathon.
We learn more about the Tour de Turtles and the Sea Turtle Conservancy with David Godfrey, Executive Director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy.