chapter  3
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Sensory Biology of Sea Turtles

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The study of sensory biology in sea turtles is still in its infancy. Even the basic morphology of the eye, ear, and nose of sea turtles has been described in detail in only one or two species. The same may be said for electrophysiological and behavioral studies of sea turtles’ sensory systems. The ontogenetic and interspecific difference in the sensory biology of sea turtles has been little studied and the sensory biology of the leatherback (

Dermochelys coriacea

), a species whose ecology is greatly different from the cheloniids, is virtually unknown. The present chapter will focus on the current state of knowledge of the sensory biology of vision, hearing, and olfaction in sea turtles.