Beach use, internesting movement, and migration of leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, nesting on the North Coast of Papua New Guinea

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Benson, S. R., Kisokau, K. M., Ambio, L., Rei, V., Dutton, P. H., & Parker, D. (2007). Beach use, internesting movement, and migration of leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, nesting on the North Coast of Papua New Guinea. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 6(1), 7-14. doi:10.2744/1071-8443(2007)6[7:BUIMAM]2.0.CO;2
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TitleBeach use, internesting movement, and migration of leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, nesting on the North Coast of Papua New Guinea
AuthorsS. Benson, K. Kisokau, L. Ambio, V. Rei, P. Dutton, D. Parker
AbstractInternesting and migratory movements of female leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) from Kamiali Wildlife Management Area were tracked by satellite telemetry during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 nesting seasons, and an aerial survey of nearly 2800 km of the north Papua New Guinea coastline and New Britain Island was conducted during January 2004. Nesting occurred during November-March at the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area monitoring beach with peak activity during December-January. Telemetry results indicated that nesting females used Huon Gulf waters adjacent to the nesting beach and renested inside and outside the protected area within the Kamiali Wildlife Management Area. After nesting, the turtles migrated over deep waters in a southeastern direction to high latitude waters of the South Pacific Ocean. © 2007 Chelonian Research Foundation.
JournalChelonian Conservation and Biology
Date2007
Volume6
Issue1
Start page7
End page14
ISSN1071-8443
SubjectsDermochelyidae, Dermochelys coriacea, Reptilia, Testudines
NoteCited By (since 1996):18, Marine Mammals, Birds & Turtles

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