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1 May 2000 Satellite Sea Surface Temperature Analysis and Correlation with Sea Turtle Distribution off North Carolina
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We used satellite sea surface temperature data and aerial survey data to identify an upper (28 C) and lower (13.3 C) thermal limit to preferred loggerhead sea turtle temperatures. The available temperature range for the turtles to occupy, during this study (May 1991 to Sept. 1992), was 4.9 C to 32.2 C. These thermal limits fall within the ranges previously identified in the laboratory. This study suggests that sea turtles are not geographically randomly distributed but stay within preferred temperature ranges which are seasonally variable.

The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
WilliamC. Coles and John A. Musick "Satellite Sea Surface Temperature Analysis and Correlation with Sea Turtle Distribution off North Carolina," Copeia 2000(2), 551-554, (1 May 2000). https://doi.org/10.1643/0045-8511(2000)000[0551:SSSTAA]2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 26 July 1999; Published: 1 May 2000
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