x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

On your marks ... the race begins

28 Hawksbill turtles will be tracked for a month to win titles of most popular and furthest travelled.

The Emirates Wildlife Society is calling on the public to vote for their favourite turtle in the second year of the Great Gulf Turtle Race.
The Emirates Wildlife Society is calling on the public to vote for their favourite turtle in the second year of the Great Gulf Turtle Race.

Emirates Wildlife Society is calling on the public to vote for their favourite turtle in the second year of the Great Gulf Turtle Race, which kicked off yesterday.

This year, of the 31 tagged Hawksbill turtles, 28 will compete to win the titles of most popular and furthest travelled. The event aims to raise awareness about the conservation needs of marine turtles.

The turtles have been known to swim as far as 5,000km away from their homes during the one-month period they are tracked. The furthest distance travelled by midnight on July 12 will "win" the race.

The three-year project will provide information on the migration patterns of the animals.

The Great Gulf Turtle Race is organised as part of the EWS-WWF Marine Turtle Conservation Project.

Voting can be done at www.gulfturtles.com.

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