Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Climate Change Hard On Male Turtles?

                This just in: climate change is to blame for a lack of male sea turtles.
                Scientists claim that the sex of sea turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand where the eggs are laid and incubate. Jeannette Wyneken, of Florida Atlantic University’s lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, Florida, says the number of males she’s seeing in nests has steadily decreased over the past 20 years, even though the eggs are laid at different times. (Am I the only one to take research by a staffer at a place called ‘Gumbo Limbo’ with a grain of salt?).
                “It’s scary,” Wyneken said, adding “I’m seeing more and more all-female nests, and even when we have males, it’s a very small percentage.”
   Perhaps many of the turtles are just identifying as females. I mean, sex isn’t biological at all, right? And, is this not a good thing? We have a chance to rid the planet of toxic turtle masculinity once and for all!  

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