Physical characteristics of free-living sea turtles that had and had not ingested debris in Microregion of the Lakes, Brazil.

Abstract:

:The ingestion of detritus by sea turtles results in high mortality and morbidity. The objective of this study was to describe the characteristics of free-living sea turtles that ingested anthropogenic inorganic detritus in comparison to those that did not. A total of 186 necropsy files were analyzed in marine turtles from the beaches of the Microregion dos Lagos, Rio de Janeiro. Among the turtles that ingested detritus, the mean turtle was female and cachectic, with a carapace length of 36,6 cm, detritus accumulated in the large intestine, and fecal compaction. It seems most likely that's low food transit, combined with the multiplicity of ingestion, favored the accumulation of detritus. This ingestion resulted in cachexia associated with fecal compaction, since the greatest accumulation was in the large intestine. The intake of detritus by turtles was not punctual but continuous. These studies demonstrated the vulnerability of these animals to environmental pollution.

journal_name

Mar Pollut Bull

authors

Rosolem Lima S,da Silva Barbosa JM,Gomes Ferreira Padilha F,Veiga Saracchini PG,de Almeida Braga M,da Silva Leite J,Reis Ferreira AM

doi

10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.10.032

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2018-12-01 00:00:00

pages

723-727

eissn

0025-326X

issn

1879-3363

pii

S0025-326X(18)30743-4

journal_volume

137

pub_type

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