Turtles on treadmills: Hatchlings show surprising endurance


Today’s Video of the Day comes from Florida Atlantic University and shows how researchers tested the swimming endurance of sea turtle hatchlings after they had walked long distances.

Sea turtle hatchlings are born in a nest on land, and then crawl into the ocean in the first 24 hours of their life. The turtles have an innate instinct to crawl toward the brightest, closest horizon and away from dark silhouettes.

But noisy city sounds and bright lighting can disorient the turtles, making their journey to sea much longer. Scientists set out to determine if the longer travel time impacted their ability to swim.

However, it turned out that the turtles have an incredible ability to sustain crawling and swimming endurance for exceptionally long periods of time.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: Florida Atlantic University