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1 May 2007 Alternative Techniques for Obtaining Blood Samples from Leatherback Turtles
Bryan P. Wallace, Robert H. George
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We describe a low-risk, alternative technique for sampling blood from leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) using interdigitary vessels in their flippers. Because this technique allows for repeated, large-volume blood samples without requiring restraint of turtles, the technique is preferred over using the dorsal cervical sinus in almost all cases of blood sampling from leatherbacks, and also applies to other sea turtle species.

Bryan P. Wallace and Robert H. George "Alternative Techniques for Obtaining Blood Samples from Leatherback Turtles," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 6(1), 147-149, (1 May 2007).[147:ATFOBS]2.0.CO;2
Received: 26 April 2006; Accepted: 1 October 2006; Published: 1 May 2007
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