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Strandings of loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtles along the eastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey

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Data on strandings of dead loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas) turtles were collected from the eastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey during the nesting seasons between 2002 and 2009. A total of 276 strandings were recorded (142 C. caretta and 128 C. mydas). The curved carapace length (CCL) of C. caretta ranged from 12.6–85 cm (mean 63.50±1.06 cm). The CCL of C. mydas ranged from 20–93 cm with a mean of 40.97±1.41 cm. 2.4% and 31.7% of the loggerheads were oceanic stage small juveniles (≤30 cm CCL) and adults (≥70 cm CCL), respectively. Of the green turtles, 33.3% (≤31.5 cm CCL) and 4.6% (≥85 cm CCL) were small juveniles and adults, respectively. The source populations of these turtles could become identified with genetic mixed stock analysis.
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Keywords: CARETTA CARETTA; CHELONIA MYDAS; MEDITERRANEAN; STRANDINGS; TURKEY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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