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We now know where sea turtles go after they hatch? This used to be such a mystery to us scientists since the baby turtles are so small. Trackers were out of the questions because they were just too big for the little turtles to lug around. New solar powered satellite trackers, which are only activated by air, are providing us with the first information on what these turtles (specifically Loggerheads) do from when they hatch to when they are grown up. It was found that these babies drift, and they drift far! Some drift as much as 4300km, remaining close to the Gulf Stream that runs in the north edge of the Caribbean Sea. These little turtles hide and feed in Sargassum, which is a sea weed that floats on top of the water. Sea turtles are amazing and you know now where they go and grow up to be the majestic creatures that are so fun to see underwater. Mansfield KL, Wyneken J, Porter WP, Luo J. 2014 First satellite tracks of neonate sea turtles redefine the ‘lost years’ oceanic niche. Proc. R. Soc. B 281: 20133039. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.3039

Jamie Emm


Jamie Emm

We now know where sea turtles go after they hatch?

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