Migrating Hawksbill Sea Turtles Don’t Really Follow Patterns

After laying eggs on Diego Garcia island, hawksbill turtles go swimming dozens of miles to forage at sites in the Indian Ocean. There, they feast on marine plants and animals, including sea sponges, and it was believed that this was part of a recurring migration pattern. But, apparently, scientists have determined that the sea turtles weren’t actually sure where they were going during their migration.

Hawksbill Sea Turtles Take a Meandering Route as They Migrate

The Migrating Hawksbill Sea Turtles Don’t Really Follow Patterns

A new study that was recently published has found out that, although the hawksbill sea turtles eventually reach their destination, they often take a meandering, circuitous route as they’re getting there. This suggested to scientists that the turtles have a relatively crude map sense of the ocean. The maps that were created by the researchers have shown how the routes the turtles take look like child scribbles with random loops and double-backs that occurred before the turtles would reach their intended destination.

Hawksbill Sea Turtles Have Trouble Navigating Through Small Journeys

According to a marine scientist and one of the study’s co-authors, Graeme Hays, sea turtles have it surprisingly easy when it comes to really long migrations. From a navigation perspective, it was the journeys to small isolated targets that the turtles found to be tricky. To make sure the scientists better understood the hawksbill turtles’ navigational skills, they attached GPS tracking devices to 22 turtles and tracked the journey the reptiles took to their foraging grounds.

Sometimes, the turtles would understand they were off of the most direct route to their destination and correct their course. It was often that they did this in shallower water, suggesting that they get important navigational information from the seabed. According to Hays, they could probably recognize the seafloor like people recognize visual landmarks. It also seemed that once the turtles got close enough to a particular foraging site, they were able to sniff their way out for the rest of the route.

Hawksbill sea turtles weigh between 100 to 150 pounds and are about 2 to 3.5 feet long. For decades, they have been hunted for their colorful, patterned shell, a practice that has been made illegal.

Candace Cameron Bure on the “Beautiful Legacy” Bob Saget Left Behind

“Oh, Bob. Why’d you have to leave us so soon,” is how the actress began her message on Instagram after the devastating news about Bob Saget, who was found in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando. He was 65.

Candace Cameron Bure on the “Beautiful Legacy” Bob Saget Left BehindCameron Bure & Bob Saget: 8 Seasons in Full House

It’s a well-known fact that Candace was close to Bob Saget and the 8 seasons they spent together in Full House were the beginning of this relationship. Cameron Bure played Saget’s character Danny Tanner’s daughter DJ Tanner for eight seasons from 1987 to 1995.

The actress was only 10 at that time but she states that both were “so deeply connected” since the day they met. She also opened up about seeing a father figure in Saget, yet one of her closest friends.

Remembering Bob Saget

The actress detailed her heartbreak, telling her followers that Bob Saget’s unexpected passing “hurts like nothing” she’s ever felt before. Cameron Bure also expressed her gratitude to the late actor who taught her how to “feel deeply at such a young age.”

She also remembers Bob Segat as someone who was never ashamed or afraid to share his own emotions, “to cry, to love, to laugh and say it out loud.”

“I love you, I love you, I love you. You knew that. I knew that. But I have to say it again. I want one more hug,” she continued. Cameron Bure also found a place to mention how protective Bob Saget was of her and she said she wishes he knew the “outpouring of love” the world feels for him as they grieve.

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