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Tour de Turtles: A Fascinating Sea Turtle Marathon

Tour the TurtlesYou totally rock, dude! You remember Crush, right? He’s the charismatic sea turtle from Finding Nemo. I am sure more than one kid has left theaters wanting to know more about turtles like Crush.

Turtles are fascinating, and many are threatened or endangered. Fortunately, there are organizations out there dedicated to protecting them for our children. Showing and telling kids about sea turtles is an important part of their efforts.

While I was watching the video below, my two boys ran in the room to see it as well, and I couldn’t help smiling as I watched their sweet faces enthralled by the turtle heading toward the water.

And, of course, Disney supports the effort by hosting the Tour de Turtles 2013 at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in Florida. David Godfrey, Executive Director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, explains, “Tour de Turtles is a fun, educational program that monitors the migration of endangered and threatened sea turtles that nest in Florida and elsewhere around the Caribbean.”

Tour de Turtles was created by the Sea Turtle Conservancy so folks can follow the migration of these beautiful animals over approximately three months from the moment they leave their nesting beaches. If you visit the Tour de Turtles site, you and your kids can learn interesting facts about turtles, learn more about the science of tracking, see a map with the names and distances traveled by the turtles being tracked, play, and learn how to get involved.

Watch Carrie, Claire, and other Loggerhead Sea Turtles in action here:

 

You can also follow the race on twitter @conserveturtles

Photo credit: ©DisneyParksBlog.com

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Mama Latina Tips Logo on Disney Tour the TurtlesSilvia cooks yummy Mexican food, plays with her kids, and takes pictures at MamaLatinaTips.com.  Read Silvia’s Disney Adventures in Español at Disneylandiaaldia.comFollow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

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