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Sea turtle hatchlings spotted on Mumbai beach for first time after 2-year clean-up Photo

Sea turtle hatchlings spotted on Mumbai beach for first time after 2-year clean-up

Olive Ridley sea turtle hatchlings have been spotted for the first time in decades on a Mumbai beach that has been tirelessly cleared of debris by local volunteers. The sea turtles were spotted in the past week, and at least 80 of them made their way to the ocean from their sand nests. Versova Beach was lead in clean-up efforts by lawyer Afroz Shah over two-years ago and has seen what the United Nations describes as the “world’s largest beach cleanup project.” Olive Ridley sea turtles are the most common sea turtle in the ocean, but are still listed as a vulnerable species.

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Green sea turtles in Pacific rookery are turning 99% female Photo

Green sea turtles in Pacific rookery are turning 99% female

At Ingram Island off Northern Australia, the Pacific Island’s largest green sea turtle rookery, scientists have found that female sea turtles outnumber males by 116 to 1. Scientists expected to see a higher percentage of female sea turtles to males as warmer sand during egg incubation leads to female gene expression and climate change has lead to warmer temperatures in this part of the world. However, they were taken aback by the degree to which females outnumbered males.

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Populations of sea turtles are recovering worldwide Photo

Populations of sea turtles are recovering worldwide

In a study published this week in Science Advances, a team of international scientists analyzed publicly available data on seven species of sea turtles around the world in time frames that ranged from 6 to 47 years of data. They found that the populations of six of these species are increasing. In some cases conservation efforts date back to the 1950s, and the threats to their survival are clear and efforts are being made to manage them.

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Borneo from Below: Baby Turtle Volcano Photo

Borneo from Below: Baby Turtle Volcano

Borneo From Below has released episode 16 online. This week, Bertie is present to observe the hatching of a relocated nest of sea turtle eggs that he assisted in relocation. This week’s episode is titled, “Baby Turtle Volcano”.

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