Registration is now open for Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's 35th Annual Run for the Turtles! This virtual race to support sea turtle conservation and research is open until June 30th. Every registration comes with a special 35th annual Run t-shirt. Registration is $35, and $25 for ages 13 & under. Register now at mote.org/run.
Nothing stops Mote's mission to study and protect sea turtles
Every Run for the Turtles registration supports Mote’s Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program (STCRP), which has monitored, studied and helped protect sea turtles along 35 miles of southwest Florida nesting beaches since 1982.
Sea turtle nesting season along the southwest coast of Florida begins May 1, but Mote's STCRP starts their daily patrols on April 15. These daily patrols help inform statewide nesting trends. Sarasota County hosts the highest density of loggerhead nests in the Gulf of Mexico. Follow sea turtle nesting updates this season at mote.org/2021nesting, with the previous week's nesting numbers posted every Monday.
STCRP also conducts satellite tracking research of rehabilitated male loggerheads and nesting female green sea turtles. Follow their journeys at mote.org/seaturtletracking.
Thanks to our sponsors
Leatherback sponsor: Freedom Boat Club
Kemp's ridley sponsor: Willis Smith Construction
Hawksbill sponsors: New Balance, Fleet Feet, Myers Campbell Family, Wilde Insurance
Green sponsors: Cooper Creek Dental, Sarasota Memorial Urgent Care Centers, Koala Tee