Do Sea Turtles Stop and Ask for Directions?
Monastersky, Richard, Science News
Sea turtles navigating the Pacific Ocean follow the same narrow routes from year to year, as if they were migrating along thin ribbons of highway stretched out across the open ocean. This discovery, made by attaching satellite transmitters to leatherback turtles, may help scientists devise more effective strategies for preserving the dwindling populations of leatherbacks and other endangered turtles.
"Our perceptions are that the oceans are a vast, almost infinite resource. But the turtles are showing us that the resources are clustered along narrow, tight bands," says Stephen J. Morreale of Cornell University. Morreale and his colleagues identified the migratory routes by …
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Publication information: Article title: Do Sea Turtles Stop and Ask for Directions?. Contributors: Monastersky, Richard - Author. Magazine title: Science News. Volume: 150. Issue: 22 Publication date: November 30, 1996. Page number: 342. © 2009 Science Service, Inc. COPYRIGHT 1996 Gale Group.
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