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Sea turtle tracking in Bonaire 2003-2011
Citation
Nava, M. and van Dam, R. P. 2011. Post breeding migratory tracks of three species of marine turtles from Bonaire and Klein Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. International Sea Turtle Symposium 2011. San Diego, CA, USA
Contact: Nava, Mabel

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Description
Data on sea turtle trackin in the Dutch Caribbean from 2003 to 2011. more

Of the four species of marine turtles commonly observed breeding in the Caribbean, three species, the loggerhead (Caretta caretta), the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) regularly nest on the beaches of Bonaire and Klein Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Whereas juvenile green and hawksbill turtles can be observed year-round in the neritic waters surrounding Bonaire and Klein Bonaire, adult marine turtles are only rarely seen outside of the breeding season, which combined for the three species lasts from May to December. In-water surveys of marine turtles conducted in all potential foraging habitats around the islands indicate that adult marine turtles are seasonal visitors and do not reside permanently in the islands’ waters. We used satellite telemetry starting in 2003 to address the question of where the foraging grounds are located of the turtles breeding at Bonaire and Klein Bonaire. Our principal objectives were to identify the migratory pathways and the foraging ground locations of post-reproductive marine turtles, in order to deepen our understanding of the potential threats facing these animals. 2012-10-12: A sea turtle identified as 'Valley' was not properly registered and was not shown on the map. The issue is fixed. 2012-10-12: Turtles identified 'Funny' and 'STINAPA' got wrong tag ids. The issue is fixed.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Reptiles
Keywords:
Marine, ASW, Caribbean, Caretta caretta, Chelonia mydas, Eretmochelys imbricata

Geographical coverage
ASW, Caribbean [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
27 October 2003 - 2 March 2011

Taxonomic coverage
Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766) [WoRMS]

Contributors
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, moredata owner

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Published in:
OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

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Dataset information:

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2012-11-22
Information last updated: 2012-11-22
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