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Leatherback Turtle migration in the Pacific

Year: 2011 Author: Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
The Leatherback Turtle is a long-distance migratory sea turtle, travelling between tropical breeding grounds and multiple pelagic and coastal foraging regions located in temperate and tropical waters. There are effectively two breeding stocks in the Pacific: a western Pacific stock that nests in Indonesia (Papua Barat), Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu; and an eastern Pacific stock that nests in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. A third stock that nested on beaches in Terengganu, Malaysia appears to have been nearly extirpated within the past decade.
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