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1 June 2012 Hawksbill Sea Turtles in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
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This study reports observations of Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a remote and protected expanse of coral atolls considered outside the species range. Since no direct monitoring efforts exist, we synthesized records from historical accounts, opportunistic sightings, and internet crowdsourcing. We found 6 definitive hawksbill observations and 3 additional potential nesting records, documenting that hawksbills currently reside in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and suggesting that they occurred there in greater numbers historically.

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Kyle S. Van Houtan, John N. Kittinger, Amanda L. Lawrence, Chad Yoshinaga, V. Ray Born, and Adam Fox "Hawksbill Sea Turtles in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 11(1), 117-121, (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-0984.1
Received: 23 November 2011; Accepted: 1 February 2012; Published: 1 June 2012
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