ABSTRACT

Beaches at Ras Al-Hadd Reserve, Oman, share common physical features ideal for nesting green turtles (Chelonia mydas). However, human activities related to commercial fishing and coastal development impact nesting. Beaches with hills as a backdrop and with minimal human activities were the primary nesting sites at the reserve. During peak nesting season (monsoon/wet period), the mean number of excavation attempts was equal between oviposited and nonoviposited turtles. During nonpeak season (dry period), the mean number of excavation attempts was significantly higher in nonoviposited turtles than in oviposited turtles, and insufficient sand moisture frequently resulted in one or several nest collapses and oviposition failure.

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