New Scientist writes:
WE HAVE all seen images of turtle hatchlings scrabbling down a beach to the sea. But between then and their appearance at foraging grounds as adults, no one knew where they went. Now a study of ocean currents and turtle genetics suggests an answer: they go pretty much everywhere.
Tagging doesn’t work on green turtles (Chelonia mydas) – they are just too small, says Nathan Putman of Oregon State University in Corvallis. “Any tags you put on them would sink them.” To figure out where they go, Putman teamed up with geneticist Eugenia Naro-Maciel [from the College of Staten Island] of the City University of New York.
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