World Turtle News, 08/01/2019
Sea Turtle Conservancy’s Tour de Turtles 2019 has begun!
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 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!
Turtle News From Around the World
Cyprus: Argaka community on board with Sea Turtle Protection Programme after previous outrage
Thailand: Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC) celebrates 25th annual sea turtle release
USA: sea turtle nests hatching along AL’s Gulf Coast (VIDEO)
Crime & Punishment
USA: Circuit Court in Manatee County, FL upholds fine against Zota Beach Resort after deaths of sea turtle hatchlings in 2018
India: 500 Indian star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) seized from smuggler by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at Vijayawada railway station
USA: Amelia Island, FL loses 13 sea turtle nests to high tide (VIDEO)
USA: TX to launch $2.7 million study to determine health of Matagorda Bay, sea turtles, birds
USA: learn more about PA’s wood turtles (Glyptemis insculpta) and box turtles
USA: Make-A-Wish Southern Florida fulfills teen’s wish to hold and feed sea turtles at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, FL
USA: North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores still taking in votes for $25,000 conservation grant (VIDEO)
USA: Little Rock Zoo’s Aldabra tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea) Ed passes away after 28 years with them
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Photo from Sea Turtle Conservancy.