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GENETIC SUBSTRUCTURE OF THE PACIFIC HARBOR SEAL (PHOCA VITULINA RICHARDSI) OFF WASHINGTON, OREGON, AND CALIFORNIA
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Phylogenetic analysis indicated Puget Sound seals possess unique divergent lineages not found in seals from the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, which is consistent with late reproductive timing of harbor seals from Pugets Sound. Expand
Expanded mitochondrial control region sequences increase resolution of stock structure among North Atlantic loggerhead turtle rookeries
The southeastern USA hosts the largest nesting concentration of loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta in the Atlantic. Regionally significant nesting also occurs along the Caribbean coast of Mexico, inExpand
Population characteristics, age structure, and growth dynamics of neritic juvenile green turtles in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico
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Characterization of a population of green turtles inhabiting the northeastern Gulf of Mexico was made possible by the mortality of a subset of >4500 sea turtles that stranded during a mass cold stunning event in Florida, USA, during January 2010; however, no effect of sex, FP status, or body condition was found. Expand
Determining origin in a migratory marine vertebrate: a novel method to integrate stable isotopes and satellite tracking.
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Examining migration patterns of loggerhead nesting aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico provides a foundation for future sea turtle studies in the region to inexpensively determine geographic origin for large numbers of untracked individuals. Expand
Temporal, spatial, and body size effects on growth rates of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Northwest Atlantic
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Because of the significant spatial and temporal variation in growth rates, population models of NWA loggerheads should avoid employing growth data from restricted spatial or temporal coverage to calculate demographic metrics such as age at sexual maturity. Expand
Characterization of the juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) microbiome throughout an ontogenetic shift from pelagic to neritic habitats
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This is the first study to characterize the cloacal microbiome of green turtles in the context of their ontogenetic shifts, which could provide valuable insight into the origins of their gut bacteria and how the microbial community supports their shift to herbivory. Expand
Winter Diets of Immature Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) on a Northern Feeding Ground: Integrating Stomach Contents and Stable Isotope Analyses
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Diet characterizations from stomach contents differed from those based on stable isotope analyses, indicating the turtles are not feeding consistently during winter months, and evaluation of diets during warm months is needed. Expand
INCREASED INCIDENCE OF RED IMPORTED FIRE ANT (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE) PRESENCE IN LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE (TESTUDINES: CHELONIIDAE) NESTS AND OBSERVATIONS OF HATCHLING MORTALITY
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Observations of predation by fire ants on loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings on Cape San Blas, Florida provide observations of fire ant predation on amphibian and reptilian eggs and hatchlings. Expand
Biomarkers reveal sea turtles remained in oiled areas following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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It is demonstrated that biological tissues can reveal long-term histories of animal behavior and provide critical pre-disaster baselines following an anthropogenic disturbance or natural disaster. Expand
Common coastal foraging areas for loggerheads in the Gulf of Mexico: Opportunities for marine conservation
Designing conservation strategies that protect wide-ranging marine species is a significant challenge, but integrating regional telemetry datasets and synthesizing modeled movements and behaviorExpand
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