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1 May 2007 Post-Nesting Migrations of Leatherback Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) from Jamursba-Medi, Bird's Head Peninsula, Indonesia
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Nine leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) were tracked for 111–695 days via satellite telemetry from one of the largest remaining western Pacific leatherback turtle nesting beaches, Jamursba-Medi, Papua, Indonesia. The turtles moved into tropical waters of the Philippines and Malaysia, into the Sea of Japan, and across the equatorial Pacific to temperate waters off North America. This study provides the first record of a trans-Pacific migration by a leatherback turtle.
Scott R. Benson, Peter H. Dutton, Creusa Hitipeuw, Betuel Samber, Jacob Bakarbessy and Denise Parker "Post-Nesting Migrations of Leatherback Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) from Jamursba-Medi, Bird's Head Peninsula, Indonesia," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 6(1), (1 May 2007). https://doi.org/10.2744/1071-8443(2007)6[150:PMOLTD]2.0.CO;2
Received: 13 October 2006; Accepted: 1 January 2007; Published: 1 May 2007
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