Swimming behavior and speed of green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) hatchlings swimming offshore were compared between individuals that were free swimming and the same individuals towing a float. Towing a float did not influence swimming behavior in either species, but decreased swimming speed by 20% in green turtles and 50% in hawksbill turtles.
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