Spatial distribution patterns of adult male loggerhead sea turtles captured by research trawling in the Southeast US
A project of SCDNR MRD.
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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2013-08-13 19:46:00
Release Location: Jekyll Island, GA
Last Location: 2014-04-28 06:02:19
Jefe is a 78.7cm SCLmin (70.4 kg) male loggerhead sea turtle that was captured by research trawling off Jekyll Island, GA. His plastron edge to tip of tail length (43.5cm, 55% of SCLmin), with a cloaca that extended past the carapace edge, suggests that Jefe is a mature animal. However, Jefe is slightly (3.3cm) smaller than the minimum adult size considered by the NW Atlantic Loggerhead Sea Turtle Recovery Plan. As a potential new recruit to the breeding population, Jefe promises to be a very interesting male loggerhead sea turtle to study.