ABSTRACT

Chiriqui Beach, in the Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé on the Caribbean coast of Panama, is the most important nesting beach for leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in Caribbean Central America. Beach surveys during the 2003 and 2004 nesting seasons documented 3077 leatherback nests in one season and a minimum of 234 individual leatherbacks. Monitoring of nest fate revealed that predation by dogs represents the greatest human-related survival threat to leatherbacks at Chiriqui Beach, although the killing of leatherbacks from the same nesting population on beaches near the Panama–Costa Rica border also is of concern.

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