Strandings of loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtles along the eastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey

Turkozan O., Ozdilek S. Y. , Ergene S., Ucar A. H. , Sonmez B. , Yilmaz C., ...More

HERPETOLOGICAL JOURNAL, vol.23, pp.11-15, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Page Numbers: pp.11-15


Data on strandings of dead loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas) turtles were collected from the eastern Mediterranean coast of Turkey during the nesting seasons between 2002 and 2009. A total of 276 strandings were recorded (142 C. caretta and 128 C. mydas). The curved carapace length (CCL) of C. caretta ranged from 12.6-85 cm (mean 63.50 +/- 1.06 cm). The CCL of C. mydas ranged from 20-93 cm with a mean of 40.97 +/- 1.41 cm. 2.4% and 31.7% of the loggerheads were oceanic stage small juveniles (<= 30 cm CCL) and adults (>= 70 cm CCL), respectively. Of the green turtles, 33.3% (<= 31.5 cm CCL) and 4.6% (>= 85 cm CCL) were small juveniles and adults, respectively. The source populations of these turtles could become identified with genetic mixed stock analysis.