The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 02. Release and recapture of captive reared green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas, in the waters surrounding the Cayman Islands


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Authors: F. Wood And J. Wood

Abstract: Cayman Turtle Farm released 26,995 yearling and hatchling green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas, into the waters surrounding the Cayman Islands. between 1980 and 1991. Released turtles were the offspring of the farm's captive breeding colony. Tagged turtles were regularly recaptured and re-released locally and demonstrated growth rates of 3.0 kg/year. With turtles recaptured from other regions of the Caribbean, recapture rate for turtles released as yearlings was 4.1 %. 66% of the locally recaptured turtles were infected with cutaneous fibropapil lomas, a condition increasingly observed among turtle populations worldwide.

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