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This Sea Turtle Population Is Almost All Female, Thanks To Climate Change

One population of green sea turtles in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is nearly entirely female thanks to climate change, according to a new scientific paper published this week. Unlike most other animal species whose sex is determined during the fertilization period, a green sea turtle’s sex is influenced by the temperature surrounding the developing egg. That means the temperature surrounding its nesting site on the beach, also known as a rookery.
Great Barrier Reef, QLD, Australia
Issue: Sustainable Development Goals Typology: Research
ocean
12/01/18