Scientists use vibrators on turtles for a reason you wouldn’t expect

Before reading the actual study, I offered some of my own guesses as to why the F turtles would need vibrators.

Here are some reasons I came up with: to turn them on, to serve as little jet packs to make them go faster, to tickle them, to see if the turtles tickle, or to massage them when they are in pain.

That was about all I could find, and apparently all of my guesses were wrong. Weird, isn’t it? Turns out there’s a completely different reason for some scientists used vibrators on turtles.

Finding out the sex of a turtle is no easy task.

If you, like me, haven’t spent much time trying to figure out the sex of a turtle, you might not know it’s not that easy. In fact, Live Science reports that the task is “extremely difficult”. But apparently scientists have found that using a vibrator on a turtle can help with this.

The authors of a new study, in which the researchers used a vibrator, explain that in addition to males and females that resemble each other in shape and size, individual turtles may also show male and female traits. females, so it can be hard to tell if it’s male or female just looking at it.

But of course, knowing the sex of an animal is quite important to scientists who are trying to conduct research on them. So researchers have traditionally had to resort to fairly time-consuming methods, such as blood samples, surgery, and even inserting cameras into the private parts of animals to try and find out their gender, all of which are also quite invasive.

So the scientists had to find an easier way to get these turtles to … you know, show their genitals.

The researchers thought of a really good way for the turtles to get, you know, excited. *wink*

Yes, I feel like you know where this is going.

The researchers used a 7-inch-long portable vibrator and placed it on the genitals of four different species of turtles. The method has been more effective for some species than for others. That being said, the researchers behind the study reported that “many male turtles” let the vibrator bring out their true colors, if you will.

“Although this is an admittedly comical method, it actually has scientific merit because it is less invasive for animals and easier and cheaper for researchers,” said the lead author of the study, Donald McKnight, doctoral student at the College of Marine and Environmental. Sciences at James Cook University in Australia, says Live Science.

So the next time you go out your atmosphere, don’t forget that somewhere out there a turtle might enjoy the same feeling.

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