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Warmer temperatures at Great Barrier Reef causing sea turtles to be born female

SYDNEY: Rising temperatures at Australia‚Äôs Great Barrier Reef are causing more green turtles to be born female, which could lead to the species dying out, a new scientific study has found. As the gender of green turtles is determined by temperature, the hotter weather caused by climate change induces warmer incubations of eggs, and that has led to a greater number of female hatchlings. The study published last week revealed that more than 99 percent of the juvenile and sub adult population on the northern part of the…

Sea turtles’ sad fate: from restaurant menus to plastic ‘soup’

Gently, Kenzo the sea turtle is lowered onto a beach where a scattering of bottle caps, candy wrappers, yoghurt cups and discarded flipflops scar an otherwise idyllic setting. As its human handlers step aside, Kenzo struggles out of the harness, pushes hard with its flippers on the sand, and slides into small waves specked with bits of plastic trash. Dozens of sea turtles need rescuing every year around the coastal town of Watamu, where plastic litter accumulates in the Indian Ocean and the beach…