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6 June 2019 Inferred Adult Foraging Grounds of Two Marine Turtle Species Nesting at Amami-Oshima, Japan
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During late June and July in 2015, we tracked the postnesting migrations of 5 loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) and 5 green turtles (Chelonia mydas) from a beach on Amami-Oshima Island (Amami) in the Ryukyu Archipelago, Japan, to identify the potential adult foraging grounds of these 2 species of marine turtle. All 5 loggerheads utilized the East China Sea, but 4 took direct paths there while 1 turtle first traveled to and stayed within the Sea of Japan until the water temperature in the area dropped to around 13°C before moving into the East China Sea. In contrast, 3 of the 5 green turtles moved to the coasts of Japan's main islands, 1 green turtle moved to the southwest of the Amami, and 1 green turtle stayed around the Amami throughout the tracking period.

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© 2019 Chelonian Research Foundation
Katsuki Oki, Tomoko Hamabata, Toshimitsu Arata, Denise M. Parker, Connie Ka Yan Ng, and George H. Balazs "Inferred Adult Foraging Grounds of Two Marine Turtle Species Nesting at Amami-Oshima, Japan," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 18(1), 91-97, (6 June 2019). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1337.1
Received: 2 July 2018; Accepted: 4 December 2018; Published: 6 June 2019
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