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New England Waters: Critical Habitat for Marine Turtles
James D. Lazell, Jr.
Vol. 1980, No. 2 (May 1, 1980), pp. 290-295
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1444006
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New England waters, herein defined as all marine habitats north of the Nantucket Lightship, out to the "200-mile" limit, and north to Canadian territory, contain the largest known late summer and autumn (August-November) concentrations of the leatherback in the Atlantic. Inshore habitats in the southern sector (primarily Massachusetts) formerly supported thousands of Kemp's ridleys seasonally; despite overall decline of Lepidochelys kempi, they are still common in Massachusetts today. Loggerheads are common as far east as Georges Bank. A significant population of subadult greens summers in Nantucket Sound. The hawksbill is rare and probably accidental.