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Turtle Riding on the Great Barrier Reef

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Pocock, C (2006) Turtle Riding on the Great Barrier Reef. Society and animals, 14 (2). pp. 129-146. ISSN 1063-1119

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Abstract

Turtle riding was once a popular activity among holidaymakers at the Great Barrier Reef off the northeast coast of Australia. In the first half of the twentieth century. it was a significant way for tourists to engage with living marine life.The turtle breeding season offered tourists an opportunity to see female turtles emerge from the sea and come ashore to nest and lay their eggs. They could also witness emerging hatchlings scuttle from shore to sea. This sea-land-sea transformation facilitated unique forms of human-nonhuman animal interaction and was integral to visitor affection for, and affinity with, sea turtles.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef, turtles, turtle-riding, tourists
Journal or Publication Title: Society and animals
Page Range: pp. 129-146
ISSN: 1063-1119
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1163/156853006776778789
Additional Information: Brill Publishers: http://www.brill.nl/m_catalogue_sub6_id9005.htm
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:13
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/858
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