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Nest site selection by sea turtles

Hays, G.C., Mackay, A., Adams, C.R., Mortimer, J.A., Speakman, J.R. and Boerema, M. 1995, Nest site selection by sea turtles, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol. 75, no. 3, pp. 667-674.

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Title Nest site selection by sea turtles
Author(s) Hays, G.C.
Mackay, A.
Adams, C.R.
Mortimer, J.A.
Speakman, J.R.
Boerema, M.
Journal name Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume number 75
Issue number 3
Start page 667
End page 674
Total pages 8
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 1995-08
ISSN 0025-3154
1469-7769
Summary The distribution of 38 nests of loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) on beaches on Sanibel and Captiva islands, south-western Florida (26°26'N 82°16'W), and of 70 first digging attempts by green turtles (Chelonia mydas) on Ascension Island (7°57'S 14°22'W), was quantified. For loggerhead turtles on Sanibel and Captiva, nests were clumped close to the border between the open sand and the supra-littoral vegetation that backed the beaches. This spatial pattern of nests was closely reproduced by assuming simply that turtles crawled a random distance above the most recent high water line prior to digging. In contrast, green turtles on Ascension Island clumped their first digging attempts on the uneven beach above the springs high water line, crawling up to 80 m to reach this beach zone.
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 ©1995, Cambridge University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30058285

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