How do sea turtles communicate?

Adult sea turtles live solitary lives and only need to communicate during courtship and breeding. When preparing to breed, a male turtle nuzzles the neck of a female and may even bite her neck or fins. The female signals she is willing to cooperate by staying put, and the two turtles are able to mate.

Female sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs on the beach, and then leave them buried beneath the sand to incubate and hatch after up to 80 days.

While adult turtles have very little need to communicate, it has been found that baby turtles can communicate from inside their eggs before they hatch! Chatting like this helps all of the eggs hatch at the same time, and as there is safety in numbers this helps more of the baby turtles survive their journey down the beach and into the ocean.

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