To examine the effects of light illuminance levels on nest site-selection and hatchling disorientation of loggerhead turtles
Type of Study:
Higher levels of landward illuminance resulted in lower nesting activity and a lower number of nests laid, particularly when brightness levels exceeded 800 µcd/m². The authors also found a significant relationship between landward illuminance values and hatchling disorientation, but there was no obvious threshold found.
No management or policy recommendations provided.
Coastline, St. George Island,Florida, USA
Price J. T., Drye B., Domangue R. J. & Paladino F. V. (2018) Exploring the role of artificial lighting in loggerhead turtle (caretta caretta) nest-site selection and hatchling disorientation. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 13, 415-422.