Eleven leatherback sea turtles are vying for the Great Turtle Race championship! This event is meant to raise money and awareness of sea turtles’ peril – all 7 species are endangered due to destruction of nesting sites and drowning in fishing nets.
Deep Sea News has a special report from organizer Bryan Wallace:
Here’s a brain teaser for all of you deep-sea nerds out there: What do Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Conservation International, National Geographic, the Canadian Sea Turtle Network, Olympic swimmers, surfers, school kids, and scientists all have in common?
Give up? (You should. You’re never going to guess. This isn’t a sudoku puzzle.)
Answer: an online media event following 11 adult leatherback sea turtles on their trans-Atlantic migration from feeding grounds in Canada to breeding grounds in the Caribbean – The Great Turtle Race! The first turtle to cross the finish line and enters the Wider Caribbean wins!
Deep Sea News will also be getting in the act with the Iron Turtle contest – which turtles are EXTREME deep sea explorers? Meet the turtles and pick your winners!