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Scientists believe that the young and newly born turtles with small fins couldn’t swim in the currents and waves of the oceans and drifting is the only way by which they can travel and where the current will lead the turtle was unknown and it was believed that they may be lost in the vast ocean and hence the young turtles adolescence is referred by scientists as lost years.
Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and at the University of Central Florida to have a better understanding of the lives of the young turtle attached tiny satellite trackers to the group of young Kemp’s ridly sea turtle aged 6 to 18 months.
The satellite is powered by solar energy and they tracked the turtles for two to three months. They have also released buoys outfit with similar trackers.
Scientists compared the path of the buoys to the path of the sea turtles and they found that they differ indicating that the young sea turtles swim against the current.
Scientists noticed that the buoys and sea turtles were 125 miles apart within few days. The trajectory of the turtles also showed that they are more deliberate and show preference to specific directions over period of time.
Kate Mansfield, study co-author and director of Central Florida’s Marine Turtle Research Group said, “What is exciting is that this is the first study to release drifters with small, wild-caught yearling or neonate sea turtles in order to directly test the ‘passive drifter’ hypothesis in these young turtles, our data show that one hypothesis doesn’t, and shouldn’t, fit all, and that even a small degree of swimming or active orientation can make a huge difference in the dispersal of these young animals.”
This data will help scientist to know where the young turtles spend their early days and also help wildlife conservatives to protect their habitats.
Mansfield said, “The results of our study have huge implications for better understanding early sea turtle survival and behavior, which may ultimately lead to new and innovative ways to further protect these imperiled animals.”
Sea turtles are the endangered species and this study will help to protect them as they will know the location of the sea turtles.