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Baby Sea Turtles Tracked with Hair-Extension Glue [Video]

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Hatchling sea turtles face daunting odds in surviving to adulthood, and only a few find a way. Just where they go to find food and hide from predators has remained a mystery until earlier this year, when Kate Mansfield, a biologist at the University of Central Florida, came up with a novel way to stick solar-powered radio tags on the tiny reptiles.

This video, from Inside Science TV, provides a nice visual recap of that work:

 
More:

Sea Turtles’ “Lost Years” Transatlantic Journey Mapped for First Time
March 6, 2014
SA.com story on Kate Mansfield’s work.

How Sea Turtles Navigate [All-Access Subscribers Only]
By Kenneth J. Lohman
January 1992
Whereby researchers have hatchlings in a pool and watch how they swim based on an external magnetic field.
 
The Navigation of the Green Sea Turtle [All-Access Subscribers Only]
By Archie Carr
May 1965
A classic from one of the giants of sea-turtle research.

Philip Yam About the Author: Philip Yam is the managing editor of ScientificAmerican.com. Follow on Twitter @philipyam.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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