The 11th Annual Tour de Turtles at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, hosted by Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment and the Sea Turtles Conservancy, happened this past weekend. During the event two loggerhead turtles took of on an adventure into the big blue world! This family-friendly educational event promotes sea turtle care and conservation.
The festivities where themed to “Toy Story” in celebration of the Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s Toy Story Land opening in June. This theme was also the inspiration of the two turtles’ name, Trixie and Mrs. Potato Head!
They were cheered on for their big adventure with lots of pals along the shoreline. This marks the beginning of a three-month long journey from their nesting beach to their foraging grounds. The turtles were outfitted with satellite transmitters to track their journey in real time.
Up next for Trixie and Mrs. Potato Head?! They may stay near the coast if they plan to lay more eggs. Or they could take off to some of the places other turtles have ventured to in the past, including Naples, Fla., Key West, Cuba and The Bahamas.
Trying to guess where the turtles will go next is just part of the Tour de Turtles fun! All the turnes that have been released as part of this event during the the last 11 years have been followed and each has traveled an average of 1,300 miles.
Loggerhead turtles are a threatened species, which means they are at risk of becoming endangered or extinct. As home to one of the most active sea turtle nesting sites in Florida, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort takes great care to protect these animals, and even has a dedicated conservation team on site. In addition, Disney is helping support cleaner nesting beaches and oceans for sea turtles through its conservation efforts and environmental actions. The company just announced a global commitment toward reducing its use of plastics, a move that we hope will inspire our Guests to make changes that positively impact sea turtles and other marine life.
Want to get in on the fun and follow Trixie and Mrs. Potato Head’s progress? Just visit tourdeturtles.org. There, these Disney turtles will join other sea turtles in a race to see who travels the farthest. You also can relive the fun of the Tour de Turtles event by watching a rebroadcast of the livestream.
Source and Photo Credit: Disney Parks Blog