Mental Floss

Leatherbacks in the Land of Darwin


If you're sick of racing snapping turtles in your driveway, you might want to consider attending (or "attending") The Great Turtle Race, April 16th-29th; sponsorship & donation proceeds will benefit leatherback conservation. Eleven very intrepid leatherback turtles will be pitted against each other in the crawl from Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands (their feeding grounds & Darwin's muse)--it's kind of like a reptile Amazing Race, and the casting is killer. Here's Genevieve, one of the contenders:

"If it were possible to burn rubber underwater, this would be the turtle to do it. She's revved up and ready to roll. A probable run-in with a shark left her with a large circular hole in her front flipper, but she'd just say it makes her more hydrodynamic. She's back on the circuit after a break from nesting at Las Baulas National Park and her return has the other competitors buzzing."

Cheer on your favorite at the race headquarters.