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The Man Who Saved Sea TurtlesArchie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology$
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Frederick R. Davis

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310771.001.0001

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Further Results of Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Biology

Further Results of Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Biology

(p.197) CHAPTER 9 Further Results of Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Biology
The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles

Frederick Rowe Davis

Oxford University Press

Carr spent more than thirty years dedicated to the study of the ecology and migration of sea turtles. Many of the stories he had heard from the turtle captains had been confirmed through tag returns from all over the Caribbean. The riddle of the ridley had been solved and documented by an old, grainy film, but it virtually disappeared during the 1960s. Carr's research extended beyond Tortuguero and the Caribbean to include Ascension Island, and he collaborated with other scientists to produce ambitious theories regarding olfaction, vision, and the role of seafloor spreading. Carr and his students participated in the Western Atlantic Turtle Symposium, an event that suggested growing interest in the ecology and conservation of sea turtles. Nevertheless, questions still remained. Sargassum mats had initially seemed promising as a refuge for sea turtles during their lost year, but oceanic zones of convergence (including sargassum) seemed to be a more promising explanation.

Keywords:   ecology, migration, Ascension Island, sea turtle olfaction, sea turtle vision, seafloor spreading hypothesis

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