Status of Marine Turtles in British Columbia Waters: A Reassessment

Donald F. McAlpine, Stan A. Orchard, Kelly A. Sendall, Rod Palm


Marine turtles in British Columbia have previously been considered off course stragglers. Here we document 20 new reports for Green Turtles, Chelonia mydas, and Leatherback Turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, for the province. Until recently there had been no concerted effort to acquire data on marine turtle abundance or frequency off British Columbia. Observations presented here allow a reassessment of marine turtle status in British Columbia waters. We suggest Green Turtles and Leatherbacks should be considered rare vagrants and uncommon seasonal residents, respectively, off British Columbia and that they are a natural part of the British Columbia marine environment.


Green Turtle; Chelonia mydas; Leatherback Turtle; Dermochelys coriacea; British Columbia; status

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