Articles | Volume 12, issue 23
Research article
08 Dec 2015
Research article |  | 08 Dec 2015

Stable isotopes in barnacles as a tool to understand green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) regional movement patterns

M. Detjen, E. Sterling, and A. Gómez

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We report on the oxygen isotope signatures in green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) barnacles (Platylepas sp.) to suggest likely regional movement patterns by mapping these onto a predictive oxygen isotope map of the Pacific. Exploring barnacle proxies potential relevance as an alternative tool with which to study green sea turtle migration, we find that these could complement traditional methods of studying connectivity between turtle populations and help inform more effective conservation policy.
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