• Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation - Funded Project

Turtle & Sea Snake

Reptiles are egg laying animals that rely on the surrounding environment to regulate their own body temperature.

Marine reptiles such as turtles and sea snakes are found throughout the world from coastal habitats and estuaries to open ocean. Of the 7 species of marine turtle in the world, 6 can be found Australian waters:
• Flatback turtle (Natator depressus)
• Green turtle (Chelonia mydas)
• Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate)
• Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
• Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)
• Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)

Marine turtles can be identified by the appearance and number of plates on their carapace (shell).

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    Reproductive Output of Loggerhead Turtles

    Researchers investigate different feeding groups at the most important nesting site for loggerhead turtles on the east coast of Australia.

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    World’s First Threatened Sea Snake

    In 2010 the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed three sea snake species as threatened with extinction.

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    Screening Tools For Turtle Health

    Exploring new tools to understand the impact of chemical pollutants on turtles’ health.

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    Does incubation temperature determine swimming ability of green turtle hatchlings from natural nests?

    Dr Booth discovered that the temperature of a green turtle nests not only determines their gender but their physical ability.

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Year Funded

Researchers

Organisation

Project

2015

COLES, Rob, CONGDON, Brad , TOL, Samantha , JARVIS, Jessie & YORK, Paul

JCU

Seagrass dispersal by marine mega-herbivores Dugong dugon and Chelonia mydas

2014

LUKOSCHEK, Vimoksalehi

JCU

The conservation status of Western Australia's sea snakes: Are species disappearing before they have been discovered?

2013

GAUS, Caroline

UQ

Development of novel screening tools to assess chemically-induced immunotixicity in sea turtles

2007

LUKOSCHEK, Vimoksalehi,  MARSH, Helene & AVISE, John 

JCU/U of Calif

Multiple paternity in hydrophiine sea snakes: genetic perspectives from microsatellite markers

2006

BOOTH, David

UQLD

Does incubation temperature determine swimming ability of green turtle hatchlings from natural nests?

2004

MARSH, Helene

JCU

A scientific basis for reducing the impact of vessel traffic on sea turtles.

2003

DUKE, Norm & ARTHUR, Karen   

UQLD

Effects of the toxic cyanobacteria on marine turtles.

2002

LANYON, Janet,  BOOTH, David & BURGESS, L 

UQLD

The effect of incubation temperature on the morphology and swimming performance of the green sea turtle hatchling.

2002

WHITTIER, Joan,  WYNEKEN, Jeanette & HAMANN, Mark 

UQLD

Behaviour and physiological mechanisms of dispersal in flatback hatchlings.

2001

SPERLING, Jannine

UQLD

Surface time/diving behaviour between nesting events in flatback sea turtles near Darwin and Gladstone: implications for conservation and management.

1998

BOOTH, David

UQLD

Natural nest temp variation and effect of incubation temp on embryonic development and hatchling quality of green sea turtle eggs

1997

LIMPUS, Colin

DEH

Migration of breeding male loggerhead turtles.

1996

KELLY, Roger & GORDEN, Anita   

UQLD

Disease monitoring in marine turtles in South East Queensland waters

1995

LIMPUS, Colin

DEH

A telemetric study of loggerhead turtle migration in southern Queensland.

1994

LEMM, Stephanie & WHITTIER, Joan   

UQLD

Hatchling productivity in loggerhead turtles in eastern Australia