28 Jul '14, 2pm

Baby Sea Turtles Found to Make Noise to Coordinate Hatching

Baby Sea Turtles Found to Make Noise to Coordinate Hatching

Baby Sea Turtles Found to Make Noise to Coordinate Hatching Posted Mon, Jul 28, 2014 by Brianna Elliott to leatherback sea turtles , noise pollution , sea turtle conservation , sea turtle hatchlings , sea turtles Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) hatching from their nest in the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Photo: Oceana / Tim Calver) If you’ve ever witnessed a sea turtle nest hatch, you’ve probably noticed that it seems like these reptiles emerge from their nests in silence. Scientists have long assumed that too, but a new study adds to a growing body of literature that finds that baby sea turtles can in fact make noise—and this communication is key to a successful hatching process. In a recent study published in Chelonian Conservation and Biology, researchers examined leatherback sea turtle nests, and found that the hatchlings and embryos made multiple noises and so...

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