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Donna J. Shaver, Kristen M. Hart, Ikuko Fujisaki, Cynthia Rubio, Autumn R. Sartain, Jaime Peña, Patrick M. Burchfield, Daniel Gomez Gamez and Jaime Ortiz Foraging area fidelity for Kemp's ridleys in the Gulf of Mexico Ecology and Evolution 3

Article first published online: 28 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.594

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In this manuscript, we detail the results from the largest and longest-term satellite-tracking data set for Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtles. We demonstrate the importance of nearshore Gulf of Mexico waters in the USA and Mexico as foraging habitat and suggest that critical foraging habitat exists for the species in that region. The dissemination of our tracking results on this critically endangered species along a coast with areas heavily used for industry and recreation will be of interest to a wide audience including marine ecologists and conservation managers.

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