Tour de Turtles is an initiative from the non-profit Sea Turtle Conservancy that follows the marathon migration of sea turtles, representing four different species, from their nesting beaches to their foraging grounds. The goal is to identify their habits and seek to improve environmental conditions that negatively affect the turtles. Through satellite telemetry, we will be able to monitor their travel patterns to determine how they fit into the Atlantic ecosystem.
Our sister site, SEA LIFE Orlando, is taking part in Tour de Turtle by tracking the patterns of a Green Sea Turtle named Esperanza.
On the Cuba trip, the SEA LIFE Orlando team successfully tagged, Esperanza (Spanish for hope), an adult green sea turtle, from Guanahacabibes National Park. Esperanza’s journey in the Gulf of Mexico was funded by the SEA LIFE Trust in order to raise awareness about the threat of marine pollution to aquarium visitors.
You can learn more about Esperanza’s journey here!
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