A monitoring study shows that young sea turtles make a joint attempt to swim particularly ways, rather than floating with ocean currents.
Infant turtles vanish at sea for up to a decade and it was once supposed that they spent these “lost years” roaming.
US researchers used satellite tags to monitor 44 wild, yearling turtles in the Gulf of Mexico and compared that of floating buoys and their movement.
They reported their findings in the journal Current Biology.
“This is the first study to release drifters with little, wild-captured yearling or neonate sea turtles to be able to directly examine the ‘passive drifter’ hypothesis in these young turtles,” said the paper’s senior author Dr Kate Mansfield, who runs the turtle research group in the University of Central Florida.
She and her team need to enhance our comprehension of these creatures’ behavior as well as their location at sea, as a way to help shield them.
There are seven species of sea turtle and they all are endangered or threatened.
To check the notion they spend wandering around at the mercy of her co-worker, Dr Mansfield and the current Nathan Putman set about getting wild turtles and attaching -designed, solar-powered labels.
This is easier said than done, Dr Putman told BBC News.
“They are not called the lost years for nothing,” he said. “These turtles are tough to get.”