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Baby turtles talk to each other

By Elise Peterson (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Baby turtles talk to each other

Baby turtles have been caught communicating with each other. More than 300 sounds were recorded from 12 nests of leatherback turtle embryos on a beach in Oaxaca, Mexico. The noises started 51 days after incubation, leading the researchers to suspect that the babies were coordinating a group hatch time, they report this month in Chelonian Conservation and Biology. The team worries that loud water vehicles could drown out the hatchlings’ communication efforts and affect the delicate process.

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