How Does a Female Turtle find its Way Home after Decades of Travelling Thousands of Miles Just to Lay Its Eggs?

January 19, 2015 6:37 AM

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How Does a Female Turtle find its Way Home after Decades of Travelling Thousands of Miles Just to Lay Its Eggs?

A female giant sea turtles’ motherly instinct may play a crucial role in their return home after several years just to lay their eggs. They may be thinking about their hatchlings’ survival by returning to the safety of their birthplace. They were able to make it there, why not the next generation of turtles?

“Sea turtles migrate across thousands of miles of ocean before returning to nest on the same stretch of coastline where they hatched, but how they do this has mystified scientists for more than fifty years,” explains J. Roger Brothers, from the University of North Carolina, in Chapel Hill. He adds, ...

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