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Short-Range Movements of Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) from Nesting to Foraging Areas within the Hawaiian Islands.

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Title: Short-Range Movements of Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) from Nesting to Foraging Areas within the Hawaiian Islands.
Authors: Parker, Denise M.
Balazs, George H.
King, Cheryl S.
Katahira, Larry
Gilmartin, William
LC Subject Headings: Natural history--Periodicals.
Science--Periodicals
Natural history--Pacific Area--Periodicals.
Issue Date: Jul 2009
Publisher: Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Parker DM, Balazs GH, King CS, Katahira L, Gilmartin W. Short-Range Movements of Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) from Nesting to Foraging Areas within the Hawaiian Islands. Pac Sci 63(3): 371-382.
Series/Report no.: vol. 63, no. 3
Abstract: Hawksbill sea turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata, reside around the main Hawaiian Islands but are not common. Flipper-tag recoveries and satellite tracking of hawksbills worldwide have shown variable distances in post-nesting travel, with migrations between nesting beaches and foraging areas ranging from 35 to 2,425 km. Nine hawksbill turtles were tracked within the Hawaiian Islands using satellite telemetry. Turtles traveled distances ranging from 90 to 345 km and took between 5 to 18 days to complete the transit from nesting to foraging areas. Results of this study suggest that movements of Hawaiian hawksbills are relatively short-ranged, and surveys of their foraging areas should be conducted to assess status of the habitat to enhance conservation and management of these areas.
Description: v. ill. 23 cm.
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Pages/Duration: 12 p.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/22767
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science, Volume 63, Number 3, 2009



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