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The epic migrations of sea turtles

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"Not all those who wander are lost ... " -- J.R.R. Tolkien

Known as "the lost years," it is a little-understood journey that unfolds over thousands of miles and as much as two decades or more.

Now, a Stanford-led study illuminates secrets of the North Pacific loggerhead turtles' epic migration between their birthplace on the beaches of Japan and reemergence years later in foraging grounds off the coast of Baja California.

The study, published April 8 in Frontiers in Marine Science, provides evidence for intermittent passages of warm water that allow sea turtles to cross otherwise inhospitably cold ocean barriers.

The findings could help inform the design of conservation measures to protect sea turtles and other migratory sea creatures amid climatic changes that are altering their movements.

Science Daily article

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