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Turtles Are Not Just Drifters

Science  21 Jan 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6015, pp. 281
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6015.281

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Biologists have long assumed that Florida sea turtles simply catch a ride in the circulating currents of the North Atlantic Ocean, which takes them north, east, down along northern Africa, and finally back around to Florida again. Now seven turtles with solar-powered satellite transmitters attached to their backs have demonstrated that they do more than simply follow the currents, researchers reported at the meeting.