Title

Feeding ecology of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) from Shoalwater Bay, Australia

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Marine Turtle Research Group

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Natural Sciences, Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research

RAS ID

8844

Comments

Originally published as: Arthur, K. E., McMahon, K. M., Limpus, C. J., & Dennison, W. C. (2009). Feeding ecology of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) from Shoalwater Bay, Australia. Marine Turtle Newsletter, (123), 6. Original available here

Abstract

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.