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Great Turtle Race II

by Mark MacAllister
June 9, 2008

For more than 100 million years, leatherback turtles have graced our oceans. At an astonishing eight feet long and up to 2,000 pounds, they journey between continents and dive to incredible depths. But in the last 10 years, 95% of the leatherbacks in the Pacific Ocean have vanished, victims of human pressures.

The Leatherback Trust, GLOBAL CAUSE Foundation, Drexel University, and Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) invite you to join the Great Turtle Race II. Follow 11 leatherback turtles on a two-week journey as they swim from their nesting sites on Jamusrba-Madi, Indonesia towards their foraging grounds in the Pacific Ocean, and from the waters off California towards their nesting beaches in Indonesia. It is a Race Across the Pacific!

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Mark MacAllister is the Project Coordinator for Field Trip Earth.

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