As Windy backed by YGYHF absolutely flies into the lead - 20 miles ahead of his nearest competitor, the LFD-backed Stephanie Colburtle, it's still the two slowest turtles that remain the biggest talking point.
Something seems horribly wrong with Sundae and Drexelina.
Tracking the race and watching the movement is quite satisfying with the leaders but these two underachievers just seem to shake. Neither are yet to even face the right way - as you can see from the pic above.
Is there something they aren't tell us?
I've been looking for clues in the information that is coming out. Yesterday's email included this:
"To no one’s surprise, Hollywood starlet, Drexelina, got off to slow start after the paparazzi flashed photographs incessantly in her face at the starting line. Turtles are often disoriented by lights on the beach"
I can't work out how much of that is tongue in cheek. Was there really flash photography? I've certainly heard before that it affects turtles. But surely they wouldn't allow it, would they?
More info today via Mr Leatherback's Myspace site It states:
"Sundae still hasn't left the starting gate yet; she just keeps churning around near the beach. Could this be some secret recipe for success from an old timer? Or is she getting lazy in her age? And Drexelina is getting an awfully slow start as well; playing to the paparazzi seems to have put her behind. She's going to have to keep her head in the game if she expects to win this thing. "
I just hope it does sort itself.
Turtles, damaged by a media stunt aimed at highlighting the damage to turtles, would not be that smart.
Elsewhere the pack continues to shuffle - follow them at the official site.