Hi, this is Rowdy Gaines reporting on the first day of the Great Turtle Race! The turtles are off and swimming!
Almost all of the turtles started in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (in Canada), so they have a long way to go to reach the Caribbean. There was a bit of a bottleneck as the racers tried to get out into the open ocean, but several of the turtles are off to a fast start!
Cali was given a head start to help him after he was entangled in fishing gear. Wawa Bear seems to be keeping her distance from the rest of the turtles; she’s a big turtle who apparently needs her space.
Nueva Esperanza is also off to a good start, but some of the turtles seem to be slow getting out of the Gulf. Lindblad the Explorer, Estéban, Nightswimmer, and Backspacer need to make up some ocean, fast!
Illustration by Chris Rooney
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