Study on the behavior of the loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta during inter-nesting period. III. Deep diving behavior of the loggerhead turtle near the frontal zone

Wataru Sakamoto, Itaru Uchida, Yasuhiko Naito, Kazuo Kureha, Manabu Tujimura, Katufumi Sato
1990 Nippon Suisan Gakkaishi  
Loggerhead turtles can maintain a body temperature several degrees warmer than their environment. Stomach temperature data were compiled in order to see how the female loggerhead turtle adapted her body temperature to the different water temperatures near the frontal zone. She passed from the warm water into the cooler water and out again. In the cooler water, the stomach temperature gradually went down. Although this was largely due to thermodynamic transfer of heat from the skin, it was also
more » ... ound that the female loggerhead turtle drinks cold water during a deep dive, thereby cooling body temperature from the inside.
doi:10.2331/suisan.56.1435 fatcat:4ff6vvvo6jcwnicydgogc5mtzi