ABSTRACT

We describe a low-risk, alternative technique for sampling blood from leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) using interdigitary vessels in their flippers. Because this technique allows for repeated, large-volume blood samples without requiring restraint of turtles, the technique is preferred over using the dorsal cervical sinus in almost all cases of blood sampling from leatherbacks, and also applies to other sea turtle species.

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