Satellite tracking experiments on the navigational ability and migratory behaviour of the loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta
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- Papi, F., Luschi, P., Crosio, E. et al. Marine Biology (1997) 129: 215. doi:10.1007/s002270050162
Four loggerhead females (Caretta caretta) were caught when emerging at their nesting beach on the Natal coast, prevented from egg laying and displaced along the coast 38 to 70 km from the capture site. They were then released either on the shore or 37 km offshore. The successful journeys back to the capture area and the successive migrations were tracked by satellite. In compensating for the displacement, loggerheads showed a capability of true navigation. The 545 to 1000 km long migratory journeys of three turtles were followed along the Mozambique coast up to the feeding grounds. Migratory speed was similar at night and during the day. During the trip, submergences were shorter and more frequent than during the stay at the feeding grounds.