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The loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta, in Queensland: breeding migrations and fidelity to a warm temperate feeding area

Project description: Tagging-recapture and satellite telemetry studies were used to describe the breeding migrations of 15 adult female loggerhead turtles, Caretta caretta, from feeding areas in seagrass habitats of Moreton Bay, Queensland, in subtropical eastern Australia. The females migrated to nesting beaches throughout the breeding range of the species in eastern Australia and New Caledonia, and returned to the same feeding area on the completion of the breeding migration. These turtles displayed a comparable high fidelity to both their respective feeding areas and nesting beaches during breeding migrations. Adult female C. caretta may be imprinted to their respective feeding areas during completion of immature growth. Source: Chelonian Conservation Biology (abstract)  
Country: Australia 
Location(s) of main activity: Queensland
Project team: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service 
Species tracked: Loggerhead 
Number of animals: 6
Project started: 22 Jan 2002
Last signal: Jun 2003
Longest signal (no. days): 524
Shortest signal (no. days): 29 
Transmitter active: No 
Migration (general location): Pacific Ocean  
Published paper: Limpus CJ, Limpus DJ (2001) The loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta, in Queensland: breeding migrations and fidelity to a warm temperate feeding area. Chelonian Conserv Biol 4:142153
Project archived:  
Sponsors: SeaWorld Research and Rescue Foundation, Gordon Anderson, Environment Australia
E-mail address: col.limpus@env.qld.gov.au 
Link: http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/wildlife-ecosystems/wildlife/watching_wildlife/turtles/turtle_tracking/jimmy.html
Info last updated: 26 Nov 2009 

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