'Tour de Turtles' kicks off at Melbourne Beach

Posted at 12:02 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 12:03:34-04

MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. — The Tour de Turtles is an educational journey created by the Sea Turtle Conservancy that follows the migration of sea turtles, representing four different species, from their nesting beaches to their foraging grounds.

Beginning Aug. 1 each year, Tour de Turtles tracks sea turtles for about three months as they leave their nesting beaches and race to complete a "turtle" marathon.

The Tour de Turtles competitors swim with the goal of being the turtle to swim the furthest distance during the migration marathon.

Click here to track their progress.