Recent occurrences of the green turtle from British Columbia waters
McAlpine, Donald F.
Orchard, Stan A.
Sendall, Kelly A.
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Seven recent occurrences of the green turtle from British Columbia waters are documented. There are only two previous reports of this sea turtle from the province. Records of fresh carcasses or live green turtles off British Columbia have been collected during the September-December period, outside the July-October turtle season for the northeastern Pacific. Based on carapace lengths, British Columbia occurrences appear to involve large juvenile and small adult turtles. Data on thermal tolerance in cheloniid turtles suggest that this species cannot survive for extended periods in British Columbia coastal waters. Although green turtle presence off British Columbia appears to be accidental, there is need for an organized effort to assess sea turtle status in British Columbia waters