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Long-term satellite telemetry of the movements and habitat utilisation by green turtles in the Mediterranean

Godley, B.J., Richardson, S., Broderick, A.C., Coyne, M.S., Glen, F. and Hays, G.C. 2002, Long-term satellite telemetry of the movements and habitat utilisation by green turtles in the Mediterranean, Ecography, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 352-362, doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0587.2002.250312.x.

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Title Long-term satellite telemetry of the movements and habitat utilisation by green turtles in the Mediterranean
Author(s) Godley, B.J.
Richardson, S.
Broderick, A.C.
Coyne, M.S.
Glen, F.
Hays, G.C.ORCID iD for Hays, G.C. orcid.org/0000-0002-3314-8189
Journal name Ecography
Volume number 25
Issue number 3
Start page 352
End page 362
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-06
ISSN 0906-7590
1600-0587
Summary There is a relative paucity of data regarding the at-sea distribution and behaviour of marine turtles. This is especially true for the critically endangered green turtle Chelonia mydas population in the Mediterranean. Six adult female green turtles were equipped with satellite transmitters and tracked for periods of between 28 and 293 d following their final nesting of the season in northern Cyprus. Data elucidated hitherto unknown migratory pathways and highlighted the importance of North African coastal waters as feeding habitat for adults of this species. For three individuals, instruments transmitted detailed information on dive depth, dive duration and water temperature which afforded novel insights into behaviour during different stages of migration, feeding in the foraging grounds and most remarkably, during a period of midwinter diapause when water temperatures were generally below 25°C. Turtles showed fidelity to specific shallow inshore feeding areas and moved offshore to deeper wintering sites.
Language eng
DOI 10.1034/j.1600-0587.2002.250312.x
Field of Research 069999 Biological Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30058242

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