Sea turtles are under the threat of extinction: the reason is named

Sea turtles are under the threat of extinction: the reason is named

Scientists said that now in 99% of cases, only females are baby sea turtles and explained what this could be due to.

Sea turtles endangered: cause identified

The population of sea turtles has recently begun to decline sharply. The researchers say they haven't seen a single male in years, and the eggs hatch mostly as females.

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This is reported by Futurism.

Scientists say that the main reason for this phenomenon was the climate. The fact is that the sex of the turtle depends on the temperature at which the egg is incubated. If it is below 81.86 degrees Fahrenheit (27.7 Celsius), then a male will be born, and if it is above 88.8 Fahrenheit (31.5 Celsius), then a female will be born. With constant fluctuations, the chances are equal.

But lately the temperature has been constantly rising. Scientists were monitoring turtles in Florida (USA) and noticed how hot the last four summers have been. And if this trend continues, then sea turtles will be under serious threat due to a lack of genetic diversity.

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Moreover, the situation is aggravated by the fact of poaching and the destruction of the habitat of sea turtles. Due to the fact that the temperature of the sand in which the eggs can lie also rises, this can lead to their death, which means that there may not be new cubs in principle.