Head-started Kemp’s ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) nest recorded in Florida: Possible implications

Chelonian Conservation and Biology
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Abstract

A head-started Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) was documented nesting on South Walton Beach, Florida on 25 May 2015. This record supports the possibility that exposure to Florida waters after being held in captivity through 1–3 yrs of age during the head-starting process may have influenced future nest site selection of this and perhaps other Kemp’s ridley turtles. Such findings could have important ramifications for marine water experimentation and release site selection for turtles that have been reared in captivity.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Head-started Kemp’s ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) nest recorded in Florida: Possible implications
Series title Chelonian Conservation and Biology
DOI 10.2744/CCB-1192.1
Volume 15
Issue 1
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Chelonian Research Foundation
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 6 p.
First page 138
Last page 143
Country United States
State Florida
City Panama City, South Walton Beach
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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