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Research reveals sea turtle hatchlings use sound

Baby Leatherback Sea Turtle
Posted at 11:08 AM, Jul 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-29 18:16:03-04

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Scientists have long assumed that sea turtles emerge from their nests in silence, but a new study says that baby sea turtles can in fact make noise—and this communication is key to a successful hatching process.

According to, a recent study published in Chelonian Conservation and Biology reveals that researchers examined leatherback sea turtle nests, and found that the hatchlings and embryos made multiple noises and sounds—indicating they’re communicating with each other in the days before they hatch.