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Satnav Turtle Race

 
 
Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 02:00 am
Eleven leatherback turtles are swimming across the Pacific Ocean to the Galapagos islands in a "race" that will be tracked online to highlight the plight of the endagered creatures.

They have been tagged with satelilite communication devices that give their positions as they head from nesting sites on Costa Rica's Playa Grande beach to feeding grounds near the Galapagos, 950 miles away.

They can be tracked at www.greatturtlerace.com.

http://i11.tinypic.com/40a6gw9.jpg - 950 miles - http://i5.tinypic.com/40ka61u.jpg

95% of leatherback turtles in the Pacific have vanished in the past 20 years due to human activity.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 02:07 am
Thanks for the info, Walter. I clicked on the link, but the site isn't up and running yet.

I'll check back again in a few days.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 02:09 am
Roberta wrote:
Thanks for the info, Walter. I clicked on the link, but the site isn't up and running yet.

I'll check back again in a few days.


It starts on April 16.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 02:32 am
Thanks, again, Walter. This should be fun--and interesting.
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littlek
 
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Reply Fri 6 Apr, 2007 09:16 am
That's cute!
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Roberta
 
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Reply Mon 16 Apr, 2007 12:30 pm
Walter Hinteler wrote:
Roberta wrote:
Thanks for the info, Walter. I clicked on the link, but the site isn't up and running yet.

I'll check back again in a few days.


It starts on April 16.


Hiya Walter, I clicked on the site today. A sign is up--under construction. Do the turtles know about the delay?
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 16 Apr, 2007 12:33 pm
They should: the sign is in several languages :wink:
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 18 Apr, 2007 05:50 am
Hiya Walter, I went to the main page. The race has begun. You can't see dots moving in the water, but it does provide an update of who is where.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 18 Apr, 2007 12:58 pm
Thanks, Roberta:

http://advision.webevents.yahoo.com/greatturtlerace/
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sun 22 Apr, 2007 11:00 am
I've been slow in getting organized, but I've decided I'm backing Genevieve, a female who is used to ignoring difficult conditions.

Right now, halfway through the race, she places fifth, but I expect great things of Genevieve.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 22 Apr, 2007 11:58 am
I'm helping Billie (2nd right now [Genevieve 7th]ยด) with some navigational support.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sun 22 Apr, 2007 02:01 pm
Walter--

When the sharks descend Billie may have trouble. Genevieve has experience with sharks.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Tue 24 Apr, 2007 05:51 am
Billie is hanging in. I gotta root for Billie. That's the name of my very first pet.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Tue 24 Apr, 2007 08:58 am
My girl Genevieve is holding steady in fifth place--and biding her time.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Fri 27 Apr, 2007 05:59 am
The site announced an upset winner, but didn't say who it was. I think it was Billie. Does anyone know?
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 27 Apr, 2007 06:18 am
Billie first, Sephanie second, Turtleocity third.

Genieve 7th, btw.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Fri 27 Apr, 2007 11:35 am
Good for Billie.

Genevieve assures me that the race was fair. She was distracted by family concerns.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Fri 27 Apr, 2007 11:40 am
Ha!
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