Saturday, April 7, 2018

New Study Gives Insight Into Evolution of Sea Turtles

Article Written By: Bright Li


Image credit: Fujii et al

Recently, a study published by Journal PeerJ, revealed that marine turtles use flippers to handle their prey in addition to locomotion.

Similar actions were seen in walruses and seals. However, it was never observed in marine turtles before.

An analysis by a team of Monterey Bay Aquarium researchers discovered behaviors ranging from holding jellyfish to ripping anemone loose.

This discovery gives insight into marine turtles having more complicated brains than previously thought, as well as the long evolution of ocean creatures.

Quote from Dr. Kyle Van Houtan, “We expect these things to happen with a highly intelligent, adaptive social animal. With marine turtles, it’s different; they never meet their parents."

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