Where Do Sea Turtles Go?

Unlock the secret of sea turtles as researchers track the journey of these cold-blooded creatures.
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  • 1Some of us can relate to the lost years a sea turtle goes through in its youth.
  • 2But unlike youthful human idols,...
  • 3...science knows little about the turtle's life when it heads out to the sea after its birth...
  • 4...and its eventual return to the coastal waters years later.
  • 5But now a new study describes how a team of researchers...
  • 6...has begun to solve the missing turtle time mystery.
  • 7The researchers affixed small solar-powered tags attract by satellite...
  • 8...to 17 loggerhead turtles born in Florida...
  • 9...and discovered that many of the young migrants did not follow the currents...
  • 10...of the North Atlantic subtropical Gyre as expected.
  • 11Instead they headed out to the deep calm of the Sargasso Sea,...
  • 12...far from coastal predators where the native sargassum seaweed is a favored habitat.
  • 13By measuring the heat of their shells...
  • 14...the study also found that the turtles spend much of their lost time on the ocean surface...
  • 15...warming their growing cold-blooded bodies.
  • 16Well, this is just the beginning of understanding the lost years of sea turtles,...
  • 17...any information gained on these endangered creatures is of immeasurable value