Climate change forces sea turtles on deadly trips in search of food


Climate change forces sea turtles to travel hundreds of miles to get food, but many marine animals perish on their dangerous trips, and turtles continue to be exposed to this in the world’s oceans, where research has found that they are obliged to travel almost twice as a maximum to reach feeding areas, and researchers have installed devices The satellites of ten leatherback turtles track the female back in French Guiana to follow their movements while on a food adventure.

According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, some arrived in Canada and France in search of suitable places for feeding, but one of the turtles died tragically after falling into a fishing net.

Leather turtles migrate to the north after their nesting to reach cooler waters where the jellyfish, which is the most important prey, is more abundant, and with the changing ocean temperatures and currents, sea turtles are forced to travel greater distances to find abundant fishing areas.

The wide distances that the turtles were forced to travel to indicate that the turtles are forced to adapt to the rapidly rising ocean temperatures and the changing currents, and these factors are driven by climate change and forcing the turtles out of the breeding grounds more than ever.

Also, wasting this energy to find food may reduce the number of eggs that are laid each season, which will cause more harm to the already decreasing population, so the number of eggs that sea turtles grow on the beaches in French Guiana is about 100 times less than it was In the nineties.

As for the numbers, this clearly shows, as there are often less than 200 nests each season now, compared to 50,000 in the 1990s.

“Sea turtles have survived the extinction of dinosaurs, but they may not survive us,” said Will McCallum of the Greenpeace Campaign to Protect the Oceans.

Human activity has put great pressure on sea turtle collections around the world, with six out of seven species of sea turtle becoming threatened with extinction, and without urgent action, the situation will get worse.

“The death of one of our ten turtles, which is only 120 kilometers from their nesting grounds, after being stuck in a neglected fishing net, is a blatant and tangible message of the damage that humans have done to the oceans,” he added.


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