More turtles to be born female as sand warm

Posted by colin.hargreaves@aoc.org.au on May 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM

More sea turtles will be born female as climate warms, study shows

Once the sands in which eggs incubate grow too hot, population could become entirely female – risking the reptile's extinction

Michael Safi

theguardian.com, Tuesday 20 May 2014 09.33 AEST

Hotter sands triggered by a warming climate could cause greater numbers of sea turtles to be born female, increasing the reptiles’ numbers in the short term, research shows.

 

But the study, published in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change, warns that once the sands in which sea turtle eggs incubate grow too warm, the population could become entirely female, risking the animal’s extinction. Read More


Categories: Big Picture - The Oceans, Which animals can adapt

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