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6 June 2019 Towing a Float Decreases Swim Speed but Does Not Affect Swimming Behavior During Offshore Swimming in Sea Turtle Hatchlings
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Swimming behavior and speed of green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) hatchlings swimming offshore were compared between individuals that were free swimming and the same individuals towing a float. Towing a float did not influence swimming behavior in either species, but decreased swimming speed by 20% in green turtles and 50% in hawksbill turtles.

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David T. Booth, Javier Oñate-Casado, Mohd Uzair Rusli, and Taylor Stewart "Towing a Float Decreases Swim Speed but Does Not Affect Swimming Behavior During Offshore Swimming in Sea Turtle Hatchlings," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 18(1), 112-115, (6 June 2019). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1350.1
Received: 31 August 2018; Accepted: 22 January 2019; Published: 6 June 2019
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