Thanks to our friends in East Anglia, for the extra effort:
Studying any animal in the wild is hard enough, let alone one that spends 30 years at a time out at sea. Because of its ocean-faring lifestyle, scientists know next to nothing about the life style of the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle, save for the fleeting observations they make when female turtles come to beaches to lay their eggs.
Genetics, however, is giving researchers a glimpse into the sex lives of these elusive creatures — and insight into their preservation.
“People have looked at turtle mating systems before, but not at any depth,” said David S. Richardson, a molecular ecologist at the University of East Anglia in Britain. “The trouble is that it’s very hard because most of what happens happens far out at sea.”
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