The purpose of my Master’s research is to compare the behavior of sea turtles in captivity. I am collaborating with aquariums in Florida to determine how species type, health condition, size of enclosure, length of rehabilitation, and time of day affect how turtles behave. The tool required for this type of study is an ethogram, which is a list of behaviors seen in an animal with detailed descriptions. My ethogram includes general states of the sea turtles including rest, swim, respirate, groom, and aggression with more specific behaviors within the states such as rubbing on rocks, sleep, diving, surfacing, and scratching face with flipper. The turtles range from one that has been in captivity for 45 years to several very short term turtles that have only been in rehabilitation for several weeks. The goal of my project is to see how differences between turtles can affect their behavior, and how that can be applied to future sea turtle rehabilitation.