Amphibious Hearing in Sea Turtles

  • Wendy E. Dow PiniakEmail author
  • David A. Mann
  • Scott A. Eckert
  • Craig A. Harms
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 730)


Despite increasing levels of anthropogenic noise throughout the oceans, we know very little about the hearing capabilities of sea turtles or how they might behaviorally and physiologically respond to potentially harmful sources of noise. Sea turtles are among the evolutionarily oldest and most endangered marine species. Seven species of sea turtle exist worldwide, including Dermochelys coriacea (leatherback), Eretmochelys imbricata (hawksbill), Chelonia mydas (green), Caretta caretta (loggerhead), Lepidochelys kempi (Kemp’s ridley), Lepidochelys olivacea (olive ridley), and Natator depressus (flatback). With the exception of Natator depressus (for which we have insufficient data), all are classified as critically endangered or endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species (2010). Sea turtles are found in nearly all temperate and tropical marine environments and are highly migratory, traveling great distances between developmental, foraging, and nesting habitats. Given their endangered status, understanding the effects of noise on sea turtles is both timely and critically important.


Hair Cell Basilar Membrane Auditory Evoke Potential Otic Capsule Hearing Sensitivity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wendy E. Dow Piniak
    • 1
    Email author
  • David A. Mann
    • 2
  • Scott A. Eckert
    • 3
    • 4
  • Craig A. Harms
    • 5
  1. 1.Duke University Marine LaboratoryBeaufortUSA
  2. 2.College of Marine ScienceUniversity of South FloridaSt. PetersburgUSA
  3. 3.Principia CollegeElsahUSA
  4. 4.Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation NetworkBallwinUSA
  5. 5.Center for Marine Science and Technology, College of Veterinary MedicineNorth Carolina State UniversityMorehead CityUSA

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