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MEPS 230:289-293 (2002)  -  doi:10.3354/meps230289

Distribution of juvenile leatherback sea turtle Dermochelys coriacea sightings

Scott A. Eckert*

Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute, 2595 Ingraham Street, San Diego, California 92109, USA

ABSTRACT: Data on the location, date, sea temperature, and turtle size for 98 small (<145 cm) leatherback sea turtles Dermochelys coriacea demonstrate that leatherbacks less than 100 cm in carapace length occur only in waters warmer than 26°C.

KEY WORDS: Leatherback · Dermochelys · Juvenile · Temperature requirements · Developmental habitat · Endangered species

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