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Press Release 12-091

Questions About Incredible Sea Turtle Migration Answered by Scientists

New insights by researchers reveal how young loggerhead sea turtles stay on course during one of the longest and most spectacular migrations on Earth

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Photo of a loggerhead hatchling.

In the open ocean, rafts of plants provide young loggerheads with food, resting places and camouflage from large fish and birds.

Credit: Kenneth Lohmann, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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Map showing the migratory route of Florida loggerheads around the Sargasso Sea.

Approximate migratory route of Florida loggerheads around the Sargasso Sea. The migratory pathway coincides with the warm-water current system known as the North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre.

Credit: Kenneth Lohmann, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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