Scientists Crack a Mystery Surrounding Endangered Sea Turtles
By Padma Nagappan | Takepart.comTakepart.com
Hours after being hatched, baby sea turtles make their way to the ocean, and that’s the last people see of them until they return years later.
Scientists have long puzzled over where endangered turtles disappear to during these “lost years.” Now they finally have an answer: The young turtles swim hundreds of miles from their birthplace, far from the coastal waters biologists expected them to roam, according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology.
Marine biologists from the University of Central Florida and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the discovery would help scientists predict what kind of risks sea turtles encounter during their travels as well as how to better protect them. ...more