When you picture a sea turtle in your mind, you are likely picturing a juvenile green. I’ve seen them up close and handled them (with the appropriate permits of course), and I can tell you that they are just as beautiful in person as they are in pictures. They have always struck me as, basically, perfect. Their bellies are a pure white and their newly-growing scales an artistic splattering of color.
Working with sea turtle experts Donna Shaver and Kristen Hart, we put together a chapter for the newly released book Reptiles in Research: Investigations of Ecology, Physiology, and Behavior from Desert to Sea, published by Nova Science Publishers. Our chapter discusses the movements and spatial ecology of juvenile green turtles living in waters off the coast of south Texas. Among other things, we showed the young greens heading to waters off the coast of Mexico – another example of how international cooperation is so vital for conservation efforts.
You can read the summary, or the whole paper, and explore other chapters in the book, here: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=46914
Full Citation: Shaver, D.J., K.M. Hart, I. Fujisaki, C. Rubio, and A.R. Sartain. 2013. Movement mysteries unveiled: Spatial ecology of juvenile green sea turtles. In: Reptiles in Research: Investigations of Ecology, Physiology, Behavior from Desert to Sea, p. 463-484. W. Lutterschmidt (editor). Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-62808-599-0.