As seas get warmer, Earth is experiencing more powerful storms and hurricanes. There are consequences for both humans and animals, and one of the concerns is marine animals - especially endangered species such as certain whales, manatees, sharks and sea turtles. But new research has revealed that severe weather is not necessarily harmful to individual adult sea turtles - when researchers tracked a sea turtle during a tropical storm, they found that she survived the storm without any problems.  A team of Danish, American and Australian researchers conducted a study in 2012 which involved monitoring sea turtles fitted with GPS transmitters and motion sensors off the coast of Sarasota Florida.  One of the sea turtles, a loggerhead named Eleanor, was unexpectedly caught in a tropical storm.



Published in Young Nation Magazine on November 4, 2017