TZCFTransition Zone Chlorophyll Front
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This frontal area, the transition zone chlorophyll front (TZCF), is an area of concentrated phytoplankton that also collects and attracts a variety of neustonic and oceanic organisms--many of which may be potential prey times, as well as predators, of oceanic-stage loggerhead sea turtles in the Pacific.
The TZCF, an area of convergence created within the subtropical frontal zone by cooler denser water masses converging and sinking below warmer lighter water masses (Roden, 1991), may serve to help concentrate different prey items.