Hatchling turtles ‘act like little pieces of floating debris’


Currents moving up the East Coast – in Northeast Florida, they’re about 50 miles offshore – are home to hatchling turtles that follow flows of water until they converge and form “drift lines” of floating residue. Small and vulnerable, the turtles “act like little pieces of floating debris,” Foley said, lingering in the current and feeding on tiny creatures. …

Studies of past oil spills show sea turtles don’t change their routes to avoid polluted waters.


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