The effect of physical and human factors on beach selection by green turtles (Chelonia mydas) at Ras Al-Hadd Reserve, Oman

Abdulaziz Y A AlKindi, Ibrahim Y. Mahmoud, Aziz A. Al-Habsi, Saif N. Al-Bahry, Hamad M. Al-Gheilani, Charles S. Bakheit

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Beaches at Ras Al-Hadd Reserve, Oman, share common physical features ideal for nesting green turtles (Chelonia mydas). However, human activities related to commercial fishing and coastal development impact nesting. Beaches with hills as a backdrop and with minimal human activities were the primary nesting sites at the reserve. During peak nesting season (monsoon/wet period), the mean number of excavation attempts was equal between oviposited and non-oviposited turtles. During nonpeak season (dry period), the mean number of excavation attempts was significantly higher in nonoviposited turtles than in oviposited turtles, and insufficient sand moisture frequently resulted in one or several nest collapses and oviposition failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-294
Number of pages6
JournalChelonian Conservation and Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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