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 first 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!
Soca is an adult female leatherback sea turtle released with a satellite transmitter from Soropta Beach, Panama on May 27, 2017. She measured 142.4 cm in curved carapace (shell) length and 107.5 cm in curved carapace width. She had a small indent in the end of her carapace, perhaps an old injury, and was previously flipper tagged by researchers on May 30, 2015. She laid almost 100 eggs which will hatch in about two months!
When you help sponsor Soca in the 2017 Tour de Turtles Marathon, you also help reduce the many threats posed to sea turtles by entanglement in commercial trawler nets. Race along with Soca and learn more at tourdeturtles.org.
Contributions to Tour de Turtles through the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code, are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.