Current transport of leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in the ocean.

  title={Current transport of leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in the ocean.},
  author={Paolo Luschi and Alessandro Sale and Resi Mencacci and George R. Hughes and Johann R. E. Lutjeharms and Floriano Papi},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={270 Suppl 2},
While the long-distance movements of pelagic vertebrates are becoming known thanks to satellite telemetry, the factors determining their courses have hardly been investigated. We have analysed the effects of oceanographic factors on the post-nesting movements of three satellite-tracked leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) moving in the southwest Indian Ocean. By superimposing the turtle tracks on contemporaneous images of sea-surface temperatures and sea height anomalies, we show that… CONTINUE READING

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