Turtles Tour Underway at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – WFTV

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Slow and steady wins the race.

The 15th annual Tour de Turtles is officially underway at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

The “migration marathon” sees turtles begin from nesting beaches at Vero Beach Resort to feeding grounds in the Bahamas, the Caribbean and beyond, Disney said.

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Of the 12 participating turtles, Disney is sponsoring two of the females, Neytiri and Ronal, named after characters from the upcoming film “Avatar: The Way of the Water.”

Satellite telemetry tracks the turtles on their journey. The data collected from the Tour de Turtles helps officials make more informed decisions about sea turtle conservation methods and policies, Disney said.

Since 2008, the Sea Turtle Conservancy and Disney have studied 26 sea turtles fitted with transmitters and released from the resort.

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Herman C. Harkins