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Ingestion of marine debris by loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta, in the Adriatic Sea
Bojan Lazar, Romana Gračan, 2011, original scientific article

Abstract: We examined the occurrence of marine debris in the gastrointestinal tract of 54 loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) found stranded or incidentally captured dead by fisheries in the Adriatic Sea, with a curved carapace length of 25.0-79.2 cm. Marine debris was present in 35.2% of turtles and included soft plastic, ropes, Styrofoam and monofilament lines found in 68.4%, 42.1%, 15.8% and 5.3% of loggerheads that have ingested debris, respectively. The dry mass of debris per turtle was low, ranging from <0.01 to 0.71 g, and the ingestion was not significantly affected by sex or body siye (all p > 0.05). Marine debris averaged 2.2 +- 8.0% of dry mass of gut content, with a maximum of 35% found in a juvenile turtle that most likely died due to debris ingestion. Considering the relatively high occurrence of debris intake and possible sub-lethal effects of even small quantities of marine debris, this can be an additional factor of concern for loggerheads in the Adriatic Sea
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Keywords: Sea turtles, Caretta caretta, marine debris, plastic, pollution, Adriatic Sea
Published: 15.10.2013; Views: 1676; Downloads: 75
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