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Flexible inter-nesting behaviour of generalist olive ridley turtles in Australia

Hamel, M., McMahon, Clive and Bradshaw, Corey (2008). Flexible inter-nesting behaviour of generalist olive ridley turtles in Australia. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology,359(1):47-54.

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IRMA ID 79264438xPUB35
Title Flexible inter-nesting behaviour of generalist olive ridley turtles in Australia
Author Hamel, M.
McMahon, Clive
Bradshaw, Corey
Journal Name Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 359
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0022-0981   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-42049106407
Start Page 47
End Page 54
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Field of Research 0602 - Ecology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract While olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) occur throughout tropical oceans their physiological ecology has been poorly documented. In May 2005, satellite-relayed data loggers (SRDLs) were attached during oviposition to four adult female olive ridley turtles on the Wessell Islands, northern Australia. Subsequent nesting haul-outs were determined for two of these turtles using a combination of movement and diving data. Internesting intervals were relatively long (27 and 18 days, respectively) for hard-shelled turtles given the warm (27–28 °C) water temperatures, possibly due to a low metabolic rate for this species. Turtles travelled considerable distances during the internesting interval (200 and 125 km respectively), possibly associated with a search for food or alternative nesting sites. Changes in dive behaviour suggest that olive ridleys prepare for oviposition by searching for an appropriate beach over several days.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2008.02.019   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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