Impact of climate change on marine turtles
- sea-levels rise leading to erosion of nesting beaches;
- hotter summers mean higher sand temperatures, which can lead to changes in sex ratios or prevent eggs from hatching;
- warmer ocean temperatures often lead to coral bleaching and other damage to coral reefs, which are their essential feeding habitats;
- changes in ocean currents can modify migrations paths and feeding patterns and disrupt the natural annual cycle on which these species have relied for millions of years;
- more extreme rainfall can raise ground water tables, thereby flooding nests.