How sea turtles find their way
Whether you’re a sea turtle or a ship’s captain, you’ll need two tools — a map and a compass. Besides from the moment they hatch, sea turtles live most of their lives in the water, touching land every few years for a very brief moment just to lay their eggs. One of the many remarkable things about this fact is that they do it at the same beach where they hatched. In this fascinating piece for Nautilus, author and science journalist Jason G. Goldman studies turtles' puzzling navigational skills, which according to research is based upon an inherited ability to use the Earth's magnetic field.