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Tour de Turtles at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort Boosts Awareness for Sea Creatures

Michelle Baumann

by , Walt Disney World Public Relations

I haven’t posted for a few weeks because I was on vacation. It was a hodge-podge holiday combining family visits, a little business and some long overdue beach time. I was amazed to walk along the beach and see so much sea life – including star fish, jelly fish and even turtles.
Tour de Turtles at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort
The sea turtles have always fascinated me with their prehistoric looks. Secondly, it is hard to imagine how they lay their eggs and then head back to the sea leaving their helpless eggs to nest and then hatch on the beach. Luckily, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort has a Sea Turtle Conservancy program to raise awareness about the threats that impact sea turtle nesting. This picture shows a loggerhead sea turtle, who had just laid its eggs, as part of Tour de Turtles. It was fitted with satellite transmitters and released to the sea. Disney’s Animal Programs researchers are tracking some 10 endangered sea turtles to learn more about their habits and migratory patterns. It’s a pretty cool program you can watch unfold on www.tourdeturtles.org.


  • If you go to Vero Beach resort, there is a great place to visit about an hour from there. It’s called the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and it’s a sea turtle rehabilitation center. It’s free to get in (although a $5 donation is suggested) and they have tanks full of sea turtles that they are rehabbing. It’s a fascinating place to visit and if you are there at the right time of the year, you can also see some hatchings. Wonderful place making a difference in the conservation of sea turtles!

  • Turtles are so cool! I hope Idressa wins!

  • We visit Vero Beach yearly and we love how Disney respects the Turtles. When the oil spill happened, my 11 year old daughter immediately said…. “I hope it doesn’t get to Vero and hurt the turtles”. I have so much respect for Disney and the way they give back to the earth and protect it for the future. Thanks for your post!

  • Turtles are my most favorite creatures! Next would be the whales!

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