A comparison of the swimming of marine and freshwater turtles

  title={A comparison of the swimming of marine and freshwater turtles},
  author={John Davenport and Sarah Munks and Peter Oxford},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B. Biological Sciences},
  pages={447 - 475}
The swimming actions and performances of young green turtles (Chelonia mydas) and freshwater chelonians of similar size (Mauremys caspica, Chrysemys scripta elegans and Kinosternon subrubrum) were compared to evaluate the advantages conferred by the hypertrophied flapping forelimbs and streamlined form of the marine species. Evidence is presented to demonstrate that propulsive force is generated both on the upstroke and the downstroke of the green turtle’s foreflippers, and that the force is… Expand

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