Here’s a fascinating tidbit about sea turtles – their gender depends on temperature. The warmer the temperature is, the bigger probability that hatchlings will turn female. Because of global warming, the number of female sea turtles are increasing dramatically.
According to the study of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California State University and Worldwide Fund for Nature Australia,:
“Combining our results with temperature data show that the northern GBR green turtle rookeries have been producing primarily females for more than two decades and that the complete feminisation of this population is possible in the near future.”
The warmer it gets, the more females are produced.
The study, which was published in Current Biology, examined two populations of the turtle species and found the group living further north in Australia were 99% female. Northern Australia is warmer than the rest of the country.
“With warming global temperatures and most sea turtle populations naturally producing offspring above the pivotal temperature, it is clear that climate change poses a serious threat to the persistence of these populations,” the researchers noted.
According to marine biologist Michael Jensen, the study’s lead author:
“You work on one of the biggest turtle populations in the world and everyone tends to think that means things are good. But what happens in 20 years when there are literally no more males coming up as adults? Are there enough to sustain the population?”
And it’s not just the reef’s turtle population that are at risk.
The Great Barrier Reef will not be saved despite government efforts if climate change continues, according to a report published last year in scientific journal Nature.
The Australian government’s initiatives to save the reef include improving water quality, updating fishing and shipping regulations, managing land use, and conserving the wildlife. But these efforts will all go to waste if sea temperatures will continue to rise, according to researchers from James Cook University in Queensland.
Abnormally high sea temperatures cause coral bleaching, in which corals discharge tiny photosynthetic algae called zooxanthellae, which turns the coral white, and often k****** it. In 2016, more than two-thirds of corals k***** in some areas. Almost 90% of surveyed reefs were affected, making it the worst on record.
Russia’s Psychic Cat Achilles Correctly Predicts World Cup Opening Game Winner
But can he predict the 2018 FIFA World Cup champion?
The new Nostradamus might be an adorable furry critter. A sweet Russian cat has been chosen to predict the outcome of the first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It may seem hard to believe but the feline was spot on with his prediction.
Achilles is already a modern day prophet. After all, the cat correctly predicted most of the results in last year's Confederate Cup in Russia. Nevertheless, people wondered if the adorable feline will manage to prophesy what would happen in this year's World Cup opening game. Achilles had to choose between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and managed to predict the motherland's stunning victory....
Dog Interrupts MLB Baseball Game, Gets Rewarded With A Ball And A New Friend
The pooch thought the baseball team was trying to play fetch with her!
One lucky dog had a truly awesome day at the park. A young German Shepherd got to watch a Minor League Baseball game with her owner. In addition to that, the pooch got to play a game of fetch and made a new friend. She also went home with a ball and won the hearts of many fans.
The MLB team Tulsa Drillers recently had a Bark at the Park Night when they went up against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. The event allows fans to bring their dogs to the field while the NWA infielders were warming up. One pooch noticed that the players were throwing a ball around. The excited German Shepherd immediately broke away from her owner and dashed to join the baseball players....
Whale Found Dead In Thailand Had Over 80 Plastic Bags In Stomach
The poor whale starved to d****.
A pilot whale died in Southern Thailand and scientists have found the alarming cause of the death. Apparently, the whale had 80 plastic bags in its stomach, which caused the animal to starve to death.
A week ago, the pilot whale was found clinging to life up a canal in Songkhla province, near the Malaysian border. Conservation officials tried to save the whale's life for days. They used buoys to keep it afloat and umbrellas to provide a shield from the sun.
After five days of endless effort, the whale vomited pieces of plastic....