The lost years in the life of turtles

Animal: Marine turtles

Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas).

Marine turtles cover large distances in the course of their lifetimes. Vast underwater landscapes, such as undersea mountains and volcanos, shape their habitat and influence their behaviour. However, it currently still remains unclear where any of the species of marine turtle establish their nurseries. Scientists and conservationists need to know where in the oceans their nurseries are located and where they go generally during the course of their lifetimes, in order to provide the animals with effective protection.

Icarus can significantly increase knowledge about the ecology, behaviour and habitat of marine turtles. Their routes through the submarine landscapes of the oceans will reveal to researchers the location of their nurseries and the dangers lying in wait for young turtles. The distribution pattern during youth will help to evaluate the ocean habitats and to estimate the survival rates of the young animals.

Icarus will therefore fill numerous gaps in knowledge about the lives of young marine turtles and facilitate the protection of these endangered animals.

Location: Gulf of Mexico
Contact: Kate Mansfield, Dept. of Biology, University of Central Florida, USA

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