Turtle-riding on the Great Barrier Reef

Pocock, Celmara (2006) Turtle-riding on the Great Barrier Reef. Society and Animals, 14 (2). pp. 129-146. ISSN 1063-1119

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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 30 May 2013 23:37
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: turtles; tourists; Great Barrier Reef; turtle riding; turtle-riders; islands
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0608 Zoology > 060801 Animal Behaviour
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1163/156853006776778789
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22489

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