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This study began in 1997 as a recreational activity, growing into a more structured study in 2002, and it continuing until February of 2011. During those 15 years, data were collected over 342 days. More than 8,500 ocean sightings of the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) were recorded. Those included counting 5,700 turtle heads, along with an additional 2,600 sightings of flippers and bodies (including silhouettes in waves). Until recently, the green sea turtle has been considered endangered, but it is currently making a comeback. The results of this study should be helpful in scientifically monitor the green sea turtle populations and also should be useful in helping recreationists choose conditions best for viewing the green sea turtle. An analysis of various oceanographic factors that seemed to relate to sightings of the green sea turtle included tide height, wave height, amount of sunlight, and clarity of water. Presentations of graphics for each of those four factors indicate important trends in sightings.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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