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The behaviour of a hawksbill turtle data-logged during the passage of hurricane Georges through the Caribbean

Storch, Sandra, Hays, Graeme C., Hillis-Starr, Zandy and Wilson, Rory P. 2006, The behaviour of a hawksbill turtle data-logged during the passage of hurricane Georges through the Caribbean, Marine and freshwater behaviour and physiology, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 307-313, doi: 10.1080/10236240600919796.

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Title The behaviour of a hawksbill turtle data-logged during the passage of hurricane Georges through the Caribbean
Author(s) Storch, Sandra
Hays, Graeme C.ORCID iD for Hays, Graeme C. orcid.org/0000-0002-3314-8189
Hillis-Starr, Zandy
Wilson, Rory P.
Journal name Marine and freshwater behaviour and physiology
Volume number 39
Issue number 4
Start page 307
End page 313
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1023-6244
1029-0362
Keyword(s) hurricanes
Caribbean
climate change
animal behaviour
hawksbill turtle
Summary Recent severe hurricanes in the Caribbean and south-east United States have had devastating socio-economic effects, and there is a pressing need to learn how animals are impacted by such events. We serendipitously deployed a multi-channel data logger onto a hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) during the breeding season in 1998 and logged various aspects of her behaviour before, during and after passage of hurricane Georges. As Georges passed by, the turtle made shorter dives, became more active and spent less time at the surface between dives compared with its baseline, non-storm activity. However, after passage of the hurricane the turtle quickly resumed its pre-hurricane behaviour and nested successfully a few days later. These results show that, in this case, the hurricane had a minor impact on the submerged animal presumably because of the dampening effect of depth on high winds over water.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10236240600919796
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 ©2006, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30058369

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