Complexity and variation in loggerhead sea turtle life history.

@article{McClellan2007ComplexityAV,
  title={Complexity and variation in loggerhead sea turtle life history.},
  author={Catherine Marie McClellan and Andrew J. Read},
  journal={Biology letters},
  year={2007},
  volume={3 6},
  pages={
          592-4
        }
}
Juvenile loggerhead sea turtles spend more than a decade in the open ocean before returning to neritic waters to mature and reproduce. It has been assumed that this transition from an oceanic to neritic existence is a discrete ontogenetic niche shift. We tested this hypothesis by tracking the movements of large juveniles collected in a neritic foraging ground in North Carolina, USA. Our work shows that the shift from the oceanic to neritic waters is both complex and reversible; some individuals… CONTINUE READING

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