The Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas): nesting on Ascension Island, 1973–1974



The collection of eggs of Chelonia mydas from beaches on Ascension Island and elsewhere for hatching at the Mariculture Ltd farm on Grand Cayman was described in a previous paper (Simon, 1975). Improved organization of these collections has made it possible to record many incidental observations which throw light on the nesting behaviour and performance of the female Chelonia, and Ascension Island, because of its small size, numerous beaches and good communications, proved to be particularly favourable for such research. The present paper records observations made in February and March 1973 and 1974. The second author has contributed only by the analysis of the data and the preparation of the paper.