Sea Turtle Tracking: Tour de Turtles: A Sea Turtle Migration Marathon


Started in 2008, the Tour de Turtles (TdT) is a fun, educational journey through the science, research and geography of sea turtle migration using satellite telemetry. Created by Sea Turtle Conservancy, with help from sponsors and partners, this event follows the marathon migration of sea turtles, representing different species, from their nesting beaches to their foraging grounds.

Sea Turtle Conservancy kicks off its 16th annual Tour de Turtles with a live sea turtle release on July 30 at the Barrier Island Center, located in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach, Florida. The 2023 Tour de Turtles includes live turtle releases in Costa Rica, Panama, Nevis, and Florida.

Each year, sea turtles will be tracked for approximately three months as they leave their respective nesting beaches and race to complete a turtle marathon. The Tour de Turtles competitors will swim with the goal of being the first turtle to swim the furthest distance during the migration marathon. You can get involved by supporting a turtle to help raise awareness about their cause. While we may not know the outcome of the race, one thing is certain: saving sea turtles is a marathon, not a sprint!

The 2023 Leatherback Tour de Turtles will start online on June 16, 2023. The Chelonian Tour de Turtles will start August 1, 2023.

Check out the 2023 Tour de Turtles Live Events