The hatchlings should have absorbed and stored up enough energy from their yolk sack to swim for up to 72 hours. They swim almost non-stop until they reach the gulf stream which is approximately sixty miles off the shore of Fripp Island, SC. The gulf stream transports them north and west until it spins them out into the Sargasso sea.

"Whirling them slowly towards the Azores, off Portugal, then down past the Canary and Cape Verde Islands, slipping by the unseen coast of West Africa. By the time they are headed west again, back toward North America elapsed time spans years, sometimes a decade."