Three adult-sized Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta), captured incidentally by bottom trawlers, were tracked by satellite in the Mediterranean Sea for a substantial part of their annual cycle, including the period preceding nesting. The three turtles performed long-distance movements that were variable between individuals but shared common features such as seasonal migration. Very prolonged dives (up to over 300 min) were associated with temperature drops to below 18°C , likely an overwintering strategy. Our findings integrate recent tracking data on the postnesting migrations of Mediterranean Loggerhead Turtles, documenting the movement patterns made during the poorly known nonreproductive phase.

Long-Term Tracking of Adult Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean Sea

LUSCHI, PAOLO
Primo
;
MENCACCI, RESI
Secondo
;
BENVENUTI, SILVANO
Ultimo
2013-01-01

Abstract

Three adult-sized Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta), captured incidentally by bottom trawlers, were tracked by satellite in the Mediterranean Sea for a substantial part of their annual cycle, including the period preceding nesting. The three turtles performed long-distance movements that were variable between individuals but shared common features such as seasonal migration. Very prolonged dives (up to over 300 min) were associated with temperature drops to below 18°C , likely an overwintering strategy. Our findings integrate recent tracking data on the postnesting migrations of Mediterranean Loggerhead Turtles, documenting the movement patterns made during the poorly known nonreproductive phase.
2013
Luschi, Paolo; Mencacci, Resi; Carola, Vallini; Alessandro, Ligas; Paolo, Lambardi; Benvenuti, Silvano
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
Luschi et al 2013 Journal of Herpetology.pdf

solo utenti autorizzati

Tipologia: Documento in Post-print
Licenza: NON PUBBLICO - Accesso privato/ristretto
Dimensione 932.36 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
932.36 kB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri   Richiedi una copia

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11568/237763
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 17
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 17
social impact