Satellite tracking reveals habits of young sea turtles

April 11, 2015 12:41 AM

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Marine scientists long have suspected that hatchling sea turtles dig themselves out of their beach nests and then clamber into the ocean to voyage on a raft of seaweed for a migration that lasts through much of their youth.

But that may not be the case, because research published this week by a University of Central Florida biologist working with a federal scientist found that young turtles hit the water swimming with vigor and not in the direction that simply drifting would have carried them.

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