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Bears do it, groundhogs do it, even snakes do it. Hibernation, an inactive state that conserves energy in winter months, is common in the animal kingdom. Most terrestrial and freshwater turtles in temperate environments hibernate. But do sea turtles hibernate? We don't know, because they are hard to observe, especially in winter. Earlier this year, a cold-stunning event presented an unexpected opportunity for USGS scientists to investigate the question as they rescued sea turtles that were so cold that they were at risk of drowning in St. Joseph Bay, Florida. The scientists' photos, combined with seven years' worth of surveys and data collection, revealed that sea turtles do not appear to remain dormant on the seafloor for long periods of time, as scientists previously thought. Rather, they alternate between resting on the seafloor and basking in surface waters. This snapshot of sea turtle ecology lays the groundwork for future investigations of winter behavior, which will help inform management of these federally protected species. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2439 Photo: A juvenile green turtle resting on the seafloor (left) and swimming (right) in St. Joseph Bay, FL, during an extreme cold event in January 2018. Credit: USGS [ad_2]
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