The Effects Of Climate Change On The Population Of Sea Turtles

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(B00717759) Word Count­ 1626 Loggerhead Sea Turtles: Effects of climate change on the population of sea turtles. Abstract The effects of climate change and global warming have severe effects on loggerhead sea turtles and various other marine mammals. The rate of climate change goes far beyond the abilities of animals to adapt to these drastic changes taking place around them in their habitats. These changes are predicted to cause an extinction of many species over the next few decades. (SEE Turtles, 2015) The sea level rises from melting glaciers, and ice caps are already resulting in the loss of nesting grounds of these loggerhead turtles. Extreme weather that is also linked to climate change result in a chance for more severe storms…show more content…
(Feldman et al. 2015) This in turn not only affects the temperatures on land, but also the oceans that are home to many cetaceans (i.e. Dolphins and whales) as well as other marine life such as seals, and turtles. Climate change is an issue that is linked to human influences. The loggerhead sea turtle is an endangered species exposed to many anthropogenic hazards in the Pacific. It is believed that pelagic longline fisheries pose one of the major risks for these loggerheads but the effects such as human­induced global climate change have rarely been considered. (Chaloupka, Kamezaki & Limpus, 2008) The effects of climate change have enormous impacts on sea turtles. One of them being that the rise in sea level will disrupt turtle nesting beaches. Sea turtles usually return to the same site where they hatch to repeat their “ancient nesting ritual.” These direct impacts of polar caps melting, and sea levels rising, these beaches that were once nesting grounds are starting to disappear completely. (, 2015) A case study that was carried out a few years ago states that since 2005, the caribbean region has lost 50 percent of its corals, mainly due to the effects caused by the increase of temperatures. From 1997 to 1998, mass bleaching is estimated to have caused severe effects to 16 percent of the world’s coral reefs. Even though signs of recovery have been seen in
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