Hawksbill sea turtles in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

Kyle S. Van Houtan, John N. Kittinger, Amanda L. Lawrence, Chad Yoshinaga, V. Ray Born, Adam Fox

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This study reports observations of Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a remote and protected expanse of coral atolls considered outside the species range. Since no direct monitoring efforts exist, we synthesized records from historical accounts, opportunistic sightings, and internet crowdsourcing. We found 6 definitive hawksbill observations and 3 additional potential nesting records, documenting that hawksbills currently reside in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and suggesting that they occurred there in greater numbers historically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages5
JournalChelonian Conservation and Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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