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2 October 2017 Hypothermic Stunning in Juvenile Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Uruguayan Coastal Waters: Learning for Future Events
Gabriela M. Vélez-Rubio, Romina Trinchin, Andrés Estrades, Virginia Ferrando, Jesús Tomás
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Chelonia mydas in temperate areas exhibits behavioral changes for adapting to sea temperature fluctuations; however, prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can lead to hypothermia and thus hypothermic stunning events. Here we report an unusual stranding event of 90 green turtles recorded in a 12-d period in July 2012 in southeastern Uruguay, analyzing the event in an oceanographic and meteorological context. Monitoring such events provides a unique opportunity to understand the impact of hypothermic stunning on juvenile green turtle stocks that spend the entire year in this temperate region of the southwestern Atlantic Ocean.

© 2017 Chelonian Research Foundation
Gabriela M. Vélez-Rubio, Romina Trinchin, Andrés Estrades, Virginia Ferrando, and Jesús Tomás "Hypothermic Stunning in Juvenile Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Uruguayan Coastal Waters: Learning for Future Events," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 16(2), 151-158, (2 October 2017). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1243.1
Received: 4 December 2016; Published: 2 October 2017
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