Perception of ocean wave direction by sea turtles

@article{Lohmann1995PerceptionOO,
  title={Perception of ocean wave direction by sea turtles},
  author={Lohmann and Clinton Swartz},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={1995},
  volume={198 Pt 5},
  pages={
          1079-85
        }
}
At the beginning of their offshore migration, hatchling sea turtles enter the ocean at night and establish a course away from land by swimming directly into oceanic waves. How turtles can detect wave direction while swimming under water in darkness, however, has not been explained. Objects in a water column beneath the surface of the ocean describe a circular movement as waves pass above. In principle, swimming turtles might, therefore, detect wave direction by monitoring the sequence of… CONTINUE READING

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