Sea turtles have to dash into the sea after they hatch, but young leatherback turtles often get lost on the way because they have relatively poor eyesight
2 June 2022
After hatching, young sea turtles embark on a harrowing dash to the sea across a predator-filled beach. But new research suggests that baby leatherback sea turtles have a difficult time determining the direction of the sea, leading them to stall more often than other turtle species and crawl in circles on the sand.
The circling was already reported in leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacea), but it wasn’t clear why the turtles have this problem.
Since sea-finding largely relies on night-time …