The Great Turtle Race

Date: 2/6/2009

While turtles are slow and clumsy on land, they can travel at great speeds for vast distances in the ocean. For the Great Turtle Race, 11 endangered leatherback turtles were tracked from their feeding areas in the waters off Atlantic Canada to breeding areas in the tropical waters of the Caribbean: a distance of 6,000km. Leatherback numbers are declining at an alarming rate due to egg harvest, fishery bycatch, coastal development, and highly variable food availability. Visit

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