Draft #1: The Great Leatherback

This discussion topic submitted by Jennifer Harford (harforjm@miamioh.edu) at 16:15 on 2/28/99. Additions were last made on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

I plan on discussing, among other things, the anatomy, nesting, development, endangerment, and conservation of the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coracea).

I.Biology
A. Size
B. Weight
C. Diet
D. Physiology
E. Ways to identify
F. Differences from other species
II.Distribution
III.Reproduction
IV.Nesting
A. Time
B. Location
C. Process
V.Hatching
A. Environmental stimulants
B. Number of eggs
C Process
D. "Imprinting"
E. Chance of survival
F. Predators
VI.Development and Migration
VII.Social Behavior
VIII.Conditioning
IX.Endangerment
A. Listing
B. Causes
C. Human impact
D. Controversies
1. housing developments
2. shrimping industry
X.Conservation Efforts
A. Moving nests
B. Bulding barriers
C. Hatcheries
D. Wire screens
E. "Head Start"
1. problems
F. Laws
1. conferences
2. enforcement efforts
F. PIT tags
G. TEDs
1. disadvantages
2. enforcement
H. New tagging methods
1. construction
2. advantages
3. implications
XI.Projected Results

Just a Few Sources:
www.enn.com/enn-news-archive/1998/06/061998/turtle.asp
www.enn.com/enn-news-archive/1997/04/041497/feature.asp
www.enn.com/enn-news-archive/1997/07/071197/07119716.asp
cnn.com/NATURE/9902/19/saving.turtles.asp
www.epa.gov/docs/fedrgstr/EPA-Species/1995/September/Day-14/
pr-392.html
The Biology of Sea Turtles, edited by Peter L. Lutz and John A. Musick
Turtles: Perspectives and Research, edited by Marion Harless and Henry Morlock
Biology and Conservation of Sea Trutles, edited by Karen A. Bjorndal
So Excellent a Fishe: A Natural History of Sea Trutles, by Archie Carr


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