The heat had made virtually every turtle hatchling a FEMALE. So these mainly female turtles will roam the many dangers of the ocean looking for an elusive male turtle.
A few years ago, just before Christmas, I visited Mon Repos turtle sanctuary near Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia. With 400 people, I watched a lone turtle lay her eggs.
I learned turtles come back to same beach some 30 years after they hatched to lay eggs. I learned it is natural, normal that only 80 per cent of turtle eggs laid actually hatch.
Then on TV news in February, when it was so hot on the beach, two things happened. One – that 80 per cent of the hatchlings that tried to race across hot sands to ocean DIED on the beach, Remember that only 80 per cent of eggs hatched in first place. SECOND – the heat had made virtually every turtle hatchling a FEMALE.
So over next 30 years these mainly female turtles will roam the many dangers of the ocean looking for an elusive male turtle. Then in 30 years, virtually zero turtles will be left to come back to lay eggs on that beach.
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