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Five females of Chelonia mydas were tracked by satellite in the South China Sea in 1993 and 1994. Four of them reached their feeding grounds 600-1551 km distant. Part of the journeys occurred coastwise, indicating that leading geographical features had been utilized. The straightness of the turtles' tracks in open seas, both over shallow and deep waters, and their ability to pinpoint distant targets provides circumstantial evidence for a true navigation mechanism. This dataset is a summarized representation of the telemetry locations aggregated per species per 1-degree cell.

Biology > Reptiles
Marine, ISEW, Marianas, Northern Marianas, ISEW, Marianas, Northern Marianas, Saipan, ISEW, South China Sea, Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758)

Geographical coverage
ISEW, Marianas, Northern Marianas
ISEW, Marianas, Northern Marianas, Saipan
ISEW, South China Sea [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
23 September 1993 - 24 October 1994

Taxonomic coverage
Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Duke University; Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences; Marine Laboratory, more
University of Pisa, moredata creator

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

Based on this dataset:
Luschi, P. et al. (1996). Long-distance migration and homing after displacement in the green turtle (Chelonia mydas): a satellite tracking study. J. Comp. Physiol. A Sens. Neural Behav. Physiol. 178(4): 447-452., more
Papi, F. et al. (1995). Long-range migratory travel of a green turtle tracked by satellite: evidence for navigational ability in the open sea. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 122(2): 171-175., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-03-23
Information last updated: 2015-03-23
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