The Green Turtle (Chelonia Mydas Mydas) in Florida
Abstract:This paper records the first definite observations of nesting emergences of the Atlantic green turtle on the coast of North America. Two females were found laying their eggs on the East Coast of Florida, as follows: (1) two miles north of Vero Beach, Indian River County, July 11, 1957, T. C. Cheatham, observer; and (2) about a mile north of the House of Refuge Museum, Hutchinson Island, Martin County, June 27, 1958, R. C. Byrd, observer. Eggs from the latter nest were hatched by Mr. Ross Witham, and young are in the collections of the University of Florida. The possible desirability of using such Florida-oriented hatchlings (should more intensive searching show them to be available in worth-while numbers) in any future restocking project is discussed.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 1959
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