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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Turtles Use Earth’s Magnetic Field to Determine Longitude

Yes, hard to imagine since it varies little across longitude, but studies at UNH Chapel Hill confirm even baby turtles can sense the changes.

Newly hatched sea turtles can sense their longitudinal position – something that took sailors hundreds of years and many lost ships to figure out. Surprisingly, they do so using the Earth's magnetic field.

- New Scientist

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/01 at 04:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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