Effects of the thermal environment on the temporal pattern of emergence of hatchling loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta

@inproceedings{Moran1999EffectsOT,
  title={Effects of the thermal environment on the temporal pattern of emergence of hatchling loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta},
  author={Kathleen L. Moran and Karen A Bjorndal and Alan B. Bolten},
  year={1999}
}
Sea turtles deposit their eggs in beaches at a depth of about 50 cm and leave them to incubate for approximately 60 d. After that time, hatchlings emerge from the sand at night, both to avoid predation and to prevent overheating. Three hypotheses have been proposed regarding the thermal cues involved in emergence. Hatchlings emerge (1) after sand temperature falls below a critical threshold, (2) after a negative thermal gradient in the sand above the nest has been created, making upper sand… CONTINUE READING

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