Hi everyone, I’m Rowdy Gaines reporting on the Great Turtle Race!
Backspacer is edging ever-so-close to the finish line. Will she cross it, or will she wait to pick the perfect place to finish her long swim? The Caribbean is a big place after all, with so many places to see…
Billy hasn’t moved over the last two days, but we now know why: his transmitter is not sending signals, so we can’t track him. Let’s just hope that he’s experiencing technical difficulties and we’ll hear back from his transmitter soon.
Wawa Bear has been swimming in a loop, and Seabiscuit looks like he might try one, too! Why play around like that when they’re getting so close to the finish line? They and the other turtles hanging at that latitude are passing through the North Equatorial Current, which is flowing from east (Africa) to west (Caribbean), and creates lots of different smaller currents that probably are like snack bars for leatherbacks there. Maybe they’re hanging out and waiting for jellyfish.
How long can a leatherback turtle stay underwater on just one breath? Check back tomorrow when the results of the longest dive competition are revealed!