Apr
18
2007

No slowing down: Leatherback turtle race is off and running

The great race: Satellite technology is keeping tabs on the progress of 11 leatherback turtles as they migrate from Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands in the Great Turtle Race.
The great race: Satellite technology is keeping tabs on the progress of 11 leatherback turtles as they migrate from Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands in the Great Turtle Race.
The Kentucky Derby is still a few weeks away, but there’s another big animal race taking place right now deep in the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The Great Turtle Race started on Monday as 11 leatherback turtles left the shores of Costa Rica on their spring migration to the Galapagos Islands. They should complete the 1,200-mile journey within the next couple weeks. Satellite tracking equipment is strapped to each turtle and their progress is being monitored on the website www.greatturtlerace.com. The tracking information measures their progress toward the island and also how deep they’re diving into the ocean.

Leatherback turtles are an endangered species that some environmentalists fear could be wiped off the Earth in the next 10 years. The female populations of the turtles have dropped from 115,000 in 1980 to less than 43,000 today.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Stephanie Coburtle is in the lead with only 175 miles to go. This is a fun race to follow. Anyone want to place a bet? Watch the turtles progress by clicking here.

posted on Sat, 04/21/2007 - 3:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

who is wininng the great turtle race it doesn't tell me.

posted on Sat, 04/21/2007 - 6:24pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Stephanie Coburtle is ahead by more than 30 miles - 131 miles to the finish. She is the biggest turtle in the race. Did you know these turtles can weigh 2000 pounds?

posted on Sun, 04/22/2007 - 9:34am
Rebbeca Jones's picture
Rebbeca Jones says:

The leatherback's are off and by the sixth day there are still two turtles who haven't found ther way passed the starting line but it is still anybody's race.

posted on Sat, 04/21/2007 - 7:18pm
Karen's picture
Karen says:

This is truly amazing!

posted on Sun, 04/22/2007 - 11:07am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

of course it is!!!

posted on Sun, 04/22/2007 - 3:26pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Only 98 mi. to go for Stephanie Coburtle. Although Billie seems to be off track. if you look at the finish zone, he is only about 20 some miles behind.

posted on Mon, 04/23/2007 - 8:36am
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Billie is going to win (IMHO). She is ahead and has been swimming faster than Stephanie for days (not always in the right direction).

posted on Thu, 04/26/2007 - 5:53pm

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