Sea Turtle’s Use Magnetic GPS to Get Home

January 19, 2015 4:35 PM

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University of North Carolina graduate student J. Rogers Brothers has theorized that magnetic fields play a large role in the Loggerhead sea turtle’s uncanny ability to find its way home.

“The only way a female turtle can be sure that she is nesting in a place favorable for egg development is to nest on the same beach where she hatched,” explains Brothers. “The logic of sea turtles seems to be that ‘if it worked for me, it should work for my offspring.”

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