Rise in temperature reason for the disappearance of the Sea Turtle from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

A new research of gender ratios discovered that 99 percent of infantile green turtles reproduced in the northern part are females. In the adult turtles, 87 percent are female, signifying that there has been a reposition in gender ratios in the course of past few decades.

The sex of the sea turtle is gauged by its nesting domain. As the sand’s temperature increases the ratio of females by birth will be more than that of males. If the sand temperature shoots up to 84.7 degrees during incubation, only females will appear.


Michael Jensen, lead author of the new study, published in Current Biology said that this gender reposition proposes climate change is transpiring a noteworthy outcome on one of the largest green-turtle populations in the world. Jensen, a marine biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in San Diego said that they are curious to know how these turtles will adapt to these alterations.

According to the biologists, focal point turtles hatch as a mixture of males and females. The temperature for the green turtles is 29.3 degrees Celsius (85 Fahrenheit). Whereas, a few degrees below 29.3 C, the sea turtles born are males. Females are born after heating the eggs.

Jensen also said that the intermediate scope from 100 percent males to 100 percent females, spans a very narrow band of only a couple of degrees. Jeanette Wyneken, a sea-turtle expert and professor at Florida Atlantic University, who was not involved in the new research, says that the gender shift has been observed by people who scrutinize hatchlings.