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1 June 2015 Tracking Male Loggerhead Turtle Migrations Around Southwestern Japan Using Satellite Telemetry
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Three satellite-tagged male loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) were released from the coastal waters of Satsuma Peninsula, Kyusyu, southwestern Japan (lat 31°42′N, long 130°18′E), and their movements were tracked for up to 449 d. Total distance traveled by the turtles ranged from 1540 to 5519 km. The turtles remained mainly along the coast and islands of the East China Sea and the Sea of Japan, except for spending a brief period of time (1–30 d) in the open ocean. The long-distance movement followed a seasonal pattern, evidently triggered by fluctuations in sea surface temperature.

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Tomomi Saito, Masanori Kurita, Hitoshi Okamoto, Itaru Uchida, Denise Parker, and George Balazs "Tracking Male Loggerhead Turtle Migrations Around Southwestern Japan Using Satellite Telemetry," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 14(1), 82-87, (1 June 2015). https://doi.org/10.2744/ccab-14-01-82-87.1
Received: 10 July 2013; Accepted: 1 November 2014; Published: 1 June 2015
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