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Killer Whale Predation on a Leatherback Turtle in the Northeast Pacific
|Title:||Killer Whale Predation on a Leatherback Turtle in the Northeast Pacific|
|Authors:||Pitman, Robert L.|
Dutton, Peter H.
|Issue Date:||Jul 2004|
|Publisher:||University of Hawai'i Press|
|Citation:||Pitman RL, Dutton PH. 2004. Killer whale predation on a leatherback turtle in the Northeast Pacific. Pac Sci 58(3): 497-498.|
|Abstract:||In November 2001, we observed a herd of killer whales (Orcinus orca)
preying upon a leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) off the coast of California.
Here we provide details of the event and speculate that oceanic killer whales
may have less specialized diets than nearshore populations. We also suggest that
killer whale predation should be considered a factor in the recovery of this
critically endangered sea turtle.
|Appears in Collections:||Pacific Science Volume 58, Number 3, 2004|
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