publication . Article . 2016

The feeding habit of sea turtles influences their reaction to artificial marine debris

Takuya Fukuoka; Misaki Yamane; Chihiro Kinoshita; Tomoko Narazaki; Greg J. Marshall; Kyler J. Abernathy; Nobuyuki Miyazaki; Katsufumi Sato;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2016 Journal: Scientific Reports, volume 6 (issn: 2045-2322, eissn: 2045-2322, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Abstract
Ingestion of artificial debris is considered as a significant stress for wildlife including sea turtles. To investigate how turtles react to artificial debris under natural conditions, we deployed animal-borne video cameras on loggerhead and green turtles in addition to feces and gut contents analyses from 2007 to 2015. Frequency of occurrences of artificial debris in feces and gut contents collected from loggerhead turtles were 35.7% (10/28) and 84.6% (11/13), respectively. Artificial debris appeared in all green turtles in feces (25/25) and gut contents (10/10), and green turtles ingested more debris (feces; 15.8 ± 33.4 g, gut; 39.8 ± 51.2 g) than loggerhead t...
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Abstract
Ingestion of artificial debris is considered as a significant stress for wildlife including sea turtles. To investigate how turtles react to artificial debris under natural conditions, we deployed animal-borne video cameras on loggerhead and green turtles in addition to feces and gut contents analyses from 2007 to 2015. Frequency of occurrences of artificial debris in feces and gut contents collected from loggerhead turtles were 35.7% (10/28) and 84.6% (11/13), respectively. Artificial debris appeared in all green turtles in feces (25/25) and gut contents (10/10), and green turtles ingested more debris (feces; 15.8 ± 33.4 g, gut; 39.8 ± 51.2 g) than loggerhead t...
Subjects
free text keywords: Article
59 references, page 1 of 4

Moore C. J.Synthetic polymers in the marine environment: a rapidly increasing, long-term threat. Environ. Res.108, 131–139 (2008).18949831 [PubMed]

Vegter A.. Global research priorities to mitigate plastic pollution impacts on marine wildlife. Endanger. Species Res.25, 225–247 (2014).

Bjorndal K. A., Bolten A. B. & Lagueux C. J. Ingestion of marine debris by juvenile sea turtles in coastal Florida habitats. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 28, 154–158 (1994).

Pierce K. E., Harris R. J., Larned L. S. & Pokras M. A. Obstruction and starvation associated with plastic ingestion in a northern gannet Morus bassanus and a greater shearwater Puffinus gravis. Mar. Ornithol. 32, 187–189 (2004).

McCauley S. J. & Bjorndal K. A. Dietary dilution from debris ingestion: sublethal effects in post-hatchling loggerhead sea turtles. Conserv. Biol. 13, 925–929 (1999).

Teuten E. L.. Transport and release of chemicals from plastics to the environment and to wildlife. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B. Biol. Sci.364, 2027–2045 (2009).19528054 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

Yamashita R., Takada H., Fukuwaka M. A. & Watanuki Y. Physical and chemical effects of ingested plastic debris on short-tailed shearwaters, Puffinus tenuirostris, in the North Pacific Ocean. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 62, 2845–2849 (2011).22047741 [PubMed]

Tanaka K.. Accumulation of plastic-derived chemicals in tissues of seabirds ingesting marine plastics. Mar. Pollut. Bull.69, 219–222 (2013).23298431 [PubMed]

Müller C., Townsend K. & Matschullat J. Experimental degradation of polymer shopping bags (standard and degradable plastic, and biodegradable) in the gastrointestinal fluids of sea turtles. Sci. Total Environ. 416, 464–467 (2012).22209368 [PubMed]

Laist D.Impacts of marine debris: entanglement of marine life in marine debris including a comprehensive list of species with entanglement and ingestion records. In Marine debris: sources, impacts, and solutions (eds. Coe J. M. & Rogers D. B.) 99–139 (Springer New York, 1997).

Baulch S. & Perry C. Evaluating the impacts of marine debris on cetaceans. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 80, 210–221 (2014).24525134 [PubMed]

Day R., Wehle D. & Coleman F. Ingestion of plastic pollutants by marine birds. In Proceedings of the workshop on the fate and impact of marine debris (eds Shomura R. & Yoshido H.) 344–386 (U.S. Dept. Commerce, 1985).

Van Franeker J. A.. Monitoring plastic ingestion by the northern fulmar Fulmarus glacialis in the North Sea. Environ. Pollut.159, 2609–2615 (2011).21737191 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

Watanuki Y.Ingestion of plastics and its effects on seabird. Aquabiology 36, 596–605 (2014).

Kubota T.Synthetic materials found in the stomachs of longnose lancetfish collected from Suruga Bay, Central Japan. In Proceedings of the second international conference on marine debris (eds. Shomurs R. & Godfrey M.) 710–717 (Comer, NOM Tech, 1990).

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publication . Article . 2016

The feeding habit of sea turtles influences their reaction to artificial marine debris

Takuya Fukuoka; Misaki Yamane; Chihiro Kinoshita; Tomoko Narazaki; Greg J. Marshall; Kyler J. Abernathy; Nobuyuki Miyazaki; Katsufumi Sato;