Sea Turtle Robot Helps Scientists to Understand Sea Turtle Movements

Sea Turtle Robot Helps Scientists to Understand Sea Turtle Movements

A sea turtle robot was created by researchers at Northwestern University and Georgia to better understand the movements of sea turtles. The scientists hope that their findings will enable them gain insight about how other creatures move across the sand by using their flippers.

Researchers observed a baby loggerhead sea turtles navigate Jekyll Island, Ga., just after hatching. An idea of Flipperbot was conceived by the researchers based on their observations, said Daniel Goldman, a professor of physics at Georgia Tech.

Goldman added, "In that study we noticed they were doing a bend at their wrists. We made some speculation, but didn't have any solid evidence. So, we built a turtle inspired robot that functions as a physical model".

According to Goldman, sea turtles are not created equal in their crucial life quest. He said that there are those who move well and who move poorly. There is fairly a small difference. These animals are always under severe predation on the beach as everything wants to eat them as soon as they come out of the nest.

It is difficult for them to survive their journey to sea. It is estimated only one in 1,000 sea turtle hatch ever reaches adulthood.

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