"Just moving animals to a new place and not putting them in a habitat, which they can survive, is challenging," Solangi said. "Unless we find the proper habitat, the proper structure of their food web. ... It's going to be questionable if they can survive."
For those that do survive the move, less than 1,000 will reach adulthood, which means that of those 70,000 eggs taken to Florida, just a handful will grow old enough to breed the next generation.
"The option is losing them or doing something with them, so I think the experiment is right," Solangi said.