The Bahamas: a dreamy escape for sea turtles too

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The Bahamas. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Who wouldn’t want to vacation in the Bahamas?

It turns out loggerhead sea turtles nesting in Dry Tortugas National Park (yep, the ones I was just talking about in my last post) swim an impressive distance to reach this desirable locale.

With satellite tags glued to their shelly backs, these turtles told us a story of where they like to live and eat when they aren’t busy laying eggs. We even found that, like a sort of homing pigeon of the sea, turtles tracked twice after different nesting seasons returned to their same Bahamas home waters. The journey from the Gulf of Mexico, across the Florida Straits and into the western tip of the Atlantic wasn’t enough to throw them. They found their stomping grounds again.

Read all about the science behind this story and some other interesting tidbits in our paper: “Bahamas connection: residence areas selected by breeding female loggerheads tagged in Dry Tortugas National Park, USA” published in Animal Biotelemetry in February this year.

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