Health assessment of Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta): nesting fermales and hatchlings
Trocini, S., O'Hara, A., Robertson, I., Bradley, J.S. and Warren, K. (2007) Health assessment of Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta): nesting fermales and hatchlings. In: Wildlife Disease Association Australasian Section, 22 - 28 September, Dryandra, Western Australia.
Most of the existing sea turtle populations world wide are in decline. This has been largely attributed to anthropogenic factors such as coastal development; poaching, fisheries by-catch, climate change and pollution. Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) are listed as endangered (IUCN, 2006). The loggerhead nesting population in Western Australia is estimated to consist of about 1500 females, and is consequently the largest nesting population in Australia and one of the largest in the Indian Ocean (Baldwin et al. 2003).
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