We report on results from two types of data-logger attached to hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys coriacea) in the breeding season at the Seychelles, Indian Ocean. Conventional time-depth recorders (TDRs) showed prolonged bouts of long dives to the seabed, consistent with benthic resting. This behaviour has been widely reported in sea turtles and appears to be a common feature for energy conservation. An Inter-Mandibular Angle Sensor (IMASEN) recorded mouth opening and buccal pumping by one turtle for 2.5 days. Buccal pumping occurred widely while the turtle was submerged, consistent with a function of olfactory sensory perception of the turtle's environment. However, buccal pumping stopped during the middle of long benthic dives consistent with the turtle entering a phase of sleep. It therefore appears that by recording buccal oscillations, it is possible to assess the state of consciousness of turtles allowing the eco-physiology of diving to be more fully explored. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology|
|Publication status||Published - 03 Mar 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aquatic Science
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Houghton, J., Cedras, A., Myers, A. E., Liebsch, N., Metcalfe, J. D., Mortimer, J. A., & Hays, G. C. (2008). Measuring the state of consciousness in a free-living diving sea turtle. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 356(1-2), 115-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2007.12.008