Early Monday Turtle Blogging

I got a bit carried away this weekend on other projects (mostly reading, with a side of biking), so here is an early morning dose of turtle love for this Monday.

2975523981_6907020ebb_b_d[1] Picture by: Moha’ Al-Bastaki

Turtle Races!

The Flint RiverQuarium held their first Turtle Race on the facility’s water steps that same afternoon.

“This is something everyone in the community can do,” said Laura Calhoun, the event chair. “We need to do all we can to support it.”

Roughly 10,000 turtles participated in the race with four heats of 2,500. To adopt a turtle, participants were asked to donate $5 — which will go to benefit the RiverQuarium. As of an hour before the race 8,158 turtles had been adopted. This comes out to a making of almost $41,000.

“I was surprised by the turnout. (The adoption number) went beyond what our expectations were,” said Calhoun. “Based on today’s success we will do this for a long time.”