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Long-distance migration and homing after displacement in the green turtle (Chelonia mydas): a satellite tracking study
Luschi, P.; Papi, F.; Liew, H.C.; Chan, E.H.; Bonadonna, F. (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. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/BF00190175
In: Journal of Comparative Physiology A. Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0340-7594, more
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Keywords
    Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Green sea turtle; Migration; Homing; Satellite tracking

Authors  Top | Dataset 
  • Luschi, P.
  • Papi, F.
  • Liew, H.C.
  • Chan, E.H.
  • Bonadonna, F.

Abstract
    Four green turtle females were tracked by satellite during their post-reproductive migration in the South China Sea. Three of them reached their feeding grounds 923–1551 km distant. During nesting activity, a female was displaced twice, and her return trips to the nesting beach from 11 and 284 km were tracked by a direction-recording data-logger and by satellite, respectively. Part of the journeys occurred coastwise, indicating that leading geographical features had been utilised. The straightness of the turtles' tracks in open seas, both over shallow and deep waters, and their ability to pinpoint distant targets and home after displacement off their usual routes, provides circumstantial evidence for a true navigation mechanism.

Dataset
  • Satellite tracked green turtles in the South China Sea 1993-1994, more

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