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Tracking hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) during inter-nesting intervals around Barbados
Walcott, J.; Eckert, S.; Horrocks, J.A. (2012). Tracking hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) during inter-nesting intervals around Barbados. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 159(4): 927-938.
In: Marine Biology. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 0025-3162; e-ISSN 1432-1793, more
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  • Walcott, J.
  • Eckert, S.
  • Horrocks, J.A.

    Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) nesting in Barbados (Needham’s Point, 13° 04' 41.33'' N, 59° 36' 32.69''W) were outfitted with GPS dataloggers over three breeding seasons (2008–2010) to track movement during inter-nesting intervals. Most females established spatially restricted resident areas up current and within 7 km of the nesting beach where they spent the majority of the inter-nesting interval. Females nesting earlier in the season settled on shallower sites. Only experienced remigrant turtles occupied the most distant resident areas. Females tracked for multiple inter-nesting intervals exhibited site fidelity, but the area contracted and the activity of females decreased with each successive interval. Hawksbills may trade off site characteristics with distance from the nesting beach and reduce activity over the course of the breeding season to optimise energy reserves during inter-nesting intervals.

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