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Caretta caretta (Loggerhead Sea Turtle) nesting exchange

January 1, 2022

The Northwest Atlantic population of Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) is one of the largest C. caretta populations in the world and is listed as threatened. This population was divided into five genetically distinct subpopulations, including the Northern Gulf of Mexico (NGoM) subpopulation (Shamblin et al. 2017 Mar. Bio. 164:138). Across the NGoM, the majority of C. caretta nesting occurs in Franklin and Gulf Counties, Florida, USA (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, https://myfwc.com/research/wildlife/sea-turtles/nesting/nesting-atlas/). Few C. caretta nests are documented on Texas, USA, beaches and as such, less is known about the individuals that nest in Texas (see Shaver et al. 2020 Front. Mar. Sci. 7:1, Frandsen et al. 2020 Herp. Review 51:825) as compared to those that nest on beaches in the eastern part of the range (Lamont et al. 2014 Mar. Bio. 161:2659). Although C. caretta individuals have been tracked to Texas from nesting beaches throughout the Southeastern USA (Hart et al. 2014, PLoS One, 9), movements of C. caretta away from Texas beaches are rare. Here we detail the exchange of an adult female C. caretta that emerged and was tagged on the beach in Texas and then subsequently documented nesting in Northwest Florida.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2022
Title Caretta caretta (Loggerhead Sea Turtle) nesting exchange
Authors Margaret Lamont, Jennifer S. Walker, Donna J. Shaver
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Herpetological Review
Index ID 70230305
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center