MadSci Network: Zoology

Re: why do turttles&stingrays come close to shore

Date: Sat Mar 23 14:16:50 2002
Posted By: Rob Campbell, Ph.D Candidate, Oceanography, University of British Columbia
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 1013623683.Zo

Admin note:  Sorry about the delay in this question, we had a small database 
problem and the question was temporarily lost.  This is the answer from Kai 
Bester, another MAD Scientist:

Dear unknown!

I guess the question adresses sea turtles not the land species.

During most of their life sea-turtles live in the sea. This can (and will
in most cases) be the open oceans such as the atlantic.
ANyway these turtles lay their eggs in the sand of some beaches. So they
have to come ashore for this. Directly after breaking the eggs the very
young ones have to pass the beach again and remain for some time in the
coastal waters.
For sting rays the situation is a bit diverse. The more or less shallow
waters of, e.g., the carribean seas (depth 1-30m) are the normal habitat
of these animals.
kind regards


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