Terrapin Study: A Summary

Alas, our journey together has come to an end. It seems like a daunting task to draw a summary of such an enlightening and fun summer, but here we are. Just to lay out the setting of our summary…

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Going Turtling! Weeks 8 & 9: Wrapping up & Exciting Discoveries!

Weeks 8 & 9 were fairly uneventful by capture standards, save for one interesting discovery. In week 8 we captured 10 turtles in total, with the sex ratio being 7 males to 3 females. On week 9, we captured 3 turtles total, with the sex ratio being 2 females and 1 male. Overall, it was a good way to end the field work portion of the project.

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Going Turtling! Week 7: Goal Setting and Nesting Sites!

Week seven we met our Goal for turtle capture!! We caught 6 turtles, with the sex ratio being 1 male and 5 females. We made it past 64, which we didn’t even think that we would get close to! Our 64th turtle was a tinly little male, roughly 1-2 years in age. Both I and my partner took pictures with the little guy! [Read more…]

Going Turtling! Weeks 5 & 6: Huge Capture & Eye color in Turtles?

Greetings Again Turtle-lovers! Weeks 5 & six were huge in terms of capture as well as in discovery, with one sad moment to tint our high yields. Week 5 alone we caught 16 turtles! With the sex ratio being 9 Females to 7 males. In the first day alone we caught 10 of the sixteen.

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Going Turtling! Weeks 3 & 4: Male or Female?

Weeks 3 and 4 were numerically average in terms of turtle captures. We caught 6 turtles in total on week 3, and 10 on week 4. The ratios of Male to Female were 1:5 and 9:1 respectfully. In terms of by-catch, we caught several crabs both weeks and no fish. However, we did catch 1 crab mating pair in the pot! We also noticed that after rough days/nights on the water, there were very few/no turtles in our pots. We believe that this is due to the turtles taking refuge during storms rather than swimming around, being out hunting or searching for mates. Overall, the third and fourth weeks of the study were fairly uneventful.

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