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The first record of loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) nesting on the northernmost Aegean coast, Turkey

Şükran Yalçın Özdilek, Selma Kırbeci, Sevil Yalçın, Aytaç Altın, Ahmet Uzatıcı, Murat Tosunoğlu, Adnan Ayaz, Alkan Öztekin, Bektaş Sönmez*

Abstract

This study presents the first documented evidence of a loggerhead turtle nest on the northernmost Aegean coast of Turkey which was found on the Gelibolu Peninsula of Çanakkale province, Turkey. The nest contains a total of 74 eggs; 50 of them produced hatchlings and 46 of those hatchlings reached to the sea safely. This record supports the idea that sea turtles search alternative nesting beaches as a result of climate change.

Keywords

Caretta caretta, North Aegean Sea, Çanakkale, Gelibolu Peninsula, Sporadic nesting site

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