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Abundance, distribution, and habitat of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) off California, 1990-2003

@article{Benson2007AbundanceDA,
  title={Abundance, distribution, and habitat of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) off California, 1990-2003},
  author={Scott R. Benson and Karin A. Forney and James T. Harvey and James V. Carretta and Peter H. Dutton},
  journal={Fishery Bulletin},
  year={2007},
  pages={337-347}
}
Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are regularly seen off the U.S. West Coast, where they forage on jellyfish (Scyphomedusae) during summer and fall. Aerial line-transect surveys were conducted in neritic waters (<92 m depth) off central and northern California during 1990−2003, providing the first foraging population estimates for Pacific leatherback turtles. Males and females of about 1.1 to 2.1 m length were observed. Estimated abundance was linked to the Northern Oscillation Index… 

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