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Diving behaviour during the internesting interval for loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta nesting in Cyprus

Houghton, Jonathan D.R., Broderick, Annette C., Godley, Brendon J., Metcalfe, Julian D. and Hays, Graeme C. 2002, Diving behaviour during the internesting interval for loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta nesting in Cyprus, Marine ecology progress series, vol. 227, pp. 63-70.

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Title Diving behaviour during the internesting interval for loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta nesting in Cyprus
Author(s) Houghton, Jonathan D.R.
Broderick, Annette C.
Godley, Brendon J.
Metcalfe, Julian D.
Hays, Graeme C.ORCID iD for Hays, Graeme C. orcid.org/0000-0002-3314-8189
Journal name Marine ecology progress series
Volume number 227
Start page 63
End page 70
Total pages 8
Publisher Inter-Research
Place of publication Oldendorf, Germany
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0171-8630
1616-1599
Keyword(s) sea turtle
diving
wildlife telemetry
mediterranean
internesting interval
Summary Time depth recorders were used to assess the patterns of depth utilisation by 2 loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta in Cyprus, eastern Mediterranean. Dives to the seabed accounted for 59% (171 h) and 75% (215 h) of the internesting interval, respectively, with most dives being shallow (<20 m), suggesting the turtles remained close to the shore. These benthic dives decreased markedly in the days following or prior to a nesting event, suggesting that the behaviours associated with nesting may be protracted. This importance of the seabed for loggerhead turtles in Cyprus contrasts with the far more extensive use of mid-water resting dives recently reported for this species in Japan. Our evidence suggests that this dichotomy may reflect differences in the amount of time spent travelling, with mid-water resting occurring when turtles are travelling and, conversely, when little time is spent travelling turtles opt to remain predominantly on the seabed.
Language eng
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, Inter-Research
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30058243

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