Many sea turtle species are threatened or endangered according to the IUCN Red List. Loggerhead turtles are protected in South African waters, but are migratory, thus may not be so throughout their range. Five individual turtles were caught in the beach-protecting nets off the Indian Ocean coast and provided liver and adipose samples for lipid and fatty acid analysis as part of a long term programme assessing the lipid profiles of southern Indian Ocean marine organisms. Comparing adipose with liver there was little variation in the saturated, monounsaturated and n6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, but increased n3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in adipose compared to liver. These results compared well with data published elsewhere on loggerhead turtles, as well as green turtles, but not other turtle species raised in captivity or other aquatic reptilian species.
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