Sea turtles eat with their flippers

The sea turtle

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Testudines
Family: Cheloniidae
Genus: Chelonya
Species: Chelonya mydas

animal-aquarium-aquatic-668867The flippers of sea turtles are superbly adapted for swimming and according to many scientist this is the only function they have. But recently Jessica Fujii at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California has compiled evidence that turtles use their flippers to handle and eat their prey. Jessica and her team published online videos with three species of sea turtles using their flippers to hold jellyfish and other creatures while consuming the edible parts. sea-life-sea-turtle-turtle-38452

Source: Nature, The international weekly journal of science, Vol.556, No.7700

Adela Teban


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