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Towing a Float Decreases Swim Speed but Does Not Affect Swimming Behavior During Offshore Swimming in Sea Turtle Hatchlings
- Booth, David T., Oñate-Casado, Javier, Rusli, Mohd Uzair, Stewart, Taylor
- Chelonian conservation and biology 2019 v.18 no.1 pp. 112-115
- Chelonia mydas, Eretmochelys imbricata, sea turtles, swimming
- Swimming behavior and speed of green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) hatchlings swimming offshore were compared between individuals that were free swimming and the same individuals towing a float. Towing a float did not influence swimming behavior in either species, but decreased swimming speed by 20% in green turtles and 50% in hawksbill turtles.