Approximately 40% of the world's leatherback marine turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) nest in Suriname and French Guiana. Trends in nest numbers reconstructed for the last 34 years indicate several up and down events. We undertook computer simulations to determine whether a density-dependent phenomenon might be involved because the period of high-density nesting coincides with a high level of nest destruction by nesting females. The parameters of density-dependent nest destruction were calculated for the Ya:lima…
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