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Migration, distribution, and diving behavior of adult male loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) following dispersal from a major breeding aggregation in the Western North Atlantic
Arendt, M.D.; Segars, A.L.; Byrd, J.I.; Boynton, J.; Schwenter, J.A.; Whitaker, J.D.; Parker, L. (2012). Migration, distribution, and diving behavior of adult male loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) following dispersal from a major breeding aggregation in the Western North Atlantic. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 159(1): 113-125. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-011-1826-0
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162, more
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  • Arendt, M.D.
  • Segars, A.L.
  • Byrd, J.I.
  • Boynton, J.
  • Schwenter, J.A.
  • Whitaker, J.D.
  • Parker, L.

Abstract
    Sixteen satellite-tagged adult male loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) dispersed widely from an aggregation near Port Canaveral, Florida, USA (28°23'N, -80°32'W) after breeding. Northbound males migrated further (990 ± 303 km) than southbound males (577 ± 168 km) and transited more rapidly (median initial dive duration = 6 (IQR = 4–16) versus 19 (IQR = 10–31) min, respectively).. Migration occurred along a depth corridor (20–40 m) except where constricted by a narrow continental shelf width. Males foraged in areas 27 ± 41 km2 day-1 at locations <1–80 km from shore for 100.1 ± 60.6 days, with variability in foraging patterns not explained by turtle size or geography. Post-breeding dispersal patterns were similar to patterns reported for adult female loggerhead sea turtles in this region and adult male loggerhead sea turtles elsewhere in the northern hemisphere; however, foraging ground distributions were most similar to adult female loggerhead sea turtles in this region.

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