Sea turtles are known for the amazing migrations they make, swimming long ocean distances to return to their birthplace to hatch their young.
Yet it turns out these beloved marine reptiles make another migration earlier in life that one researcher has described as "even more amazing" than the migrations the turtles make as adults.
"They only do it one time, but [the migration] can be much longer than the reproductive migrations they do as adults, and may involve tens of thousands of kilometers," said Peter Meylan, a professor of natural sciences at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., in a statement.
Meylan, along with his research partner and wife Ann Meylan, of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, recently summarized years of sea turtle tracking data in a paper published in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. (Read more...)