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North Cyprus 2015 - Green Turtles
Bradshaw P. 2016. North Cyprus 2015 - Green Turtles. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP ( on yyyy-mm-dd.
Contact: Bradshaw, Philip

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The Marine Turtle Conservation Project (MTCP) have placed 22 satellite trackers on green turtles since 1998 which have revealed several major foraging areas within the Mediterranean. However, recent research using stable isotope analysis suggest that an important foraging area may have been missed due to chance. Therefore, MTCP have taken the opportunity to attach satellite trackers to 5 turtles which the stable isotopes suggest forage in the area of interest. more

The Society for Protection of Turtles (SPOT) was founded in the late 1980s by British expatriates Ian and Celia Bell who came together with local conservationist Kutlay Ke├žo. In 1988 a preliminary field study was carried out by Brian Groombridge and Claire Whitmore and SPOT later made further surveys of the North Cyprus coast and found numbers of nesting green and loggerhead turtles sufficient to merit further investigation. In the early 1990s SPOT contacted Glasgow University and in 1992 the first pioneering team of students were sent to make a thorough survey. On the basis of this expedition, Kutlay agreed to provide accommodation on his land at Alagadi, and this became the Alagadi Goat Shed and Sleeping House, which twenty years on are still used by the Marine Turtle Conservation Project (MTCP) as the hub of research and conservation of turtles in North Cyprus. MTCP is a collaboration between the University of Exeter's Marine Turtle Research Group, SPOT and the North Cyprus Department for Environmental Protection.

Only data aggregated per 1-degree cell are available through OBIS. For access to additional data, the provider needs to be contacted.

Biology > Reptiles
Marine/Coastal, Foraging habitats, organism, Satellite tracking, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, MED, Eastern Mediterranean, Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758)

Geographical coverage
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 32,5; MinLat: 30,5 - MaxLong: 36,5; MaxLat: 35,5 [WGS84]
MED, Eastern Mediterranean [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
30 June 2015 - 23 November 2015

Taxonomic coverage
Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Marine Turtle Research Groupdata creator
Bradshaw, Philip

Related datasets
Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more
OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring
Metadatarecord created: 2016-05-26
Information last updated: 2022-08-03
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