Feeding ecology of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) from Shoalwater Bay, Australia
Marine Turtle Research Group
Computing, Health and Science
Natural Sciences, Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research
Shoalwater Bay is a shallow embayment in Central Queensland Australia. It provides suitable foraging habitat for a large resident green turtle population. Although never quantified, turtles in Shoalwater Bay have been reported to forage on seagrass, macroalgae, mangrove leaves when accessible and mangrove fruits when available. Here, Arthur et al quantify the diet of resident green turtles and opportunistically examine the digestive processes and foraging behavior through a feeding history of one adult female that was found freshly dead at the site using nutrient and stable isotope analysis to address the physiological and biochemical processes that may be involved in digestion.