How does climate change affect marine turtles?
Climate change impacts nesting sites by altering sand temperatures, which affects the gender of hatchlings.
What threats do marine turtles face?
Sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation, killed for their eggs, meat, skin and shells. They also face habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing gear.
How many species of marine turtles are there?
There are seven species, nearly all of which are classified as endangered.
Open water and coastal habitats
Jellyfish and other aquatic plants and animals
Critically endangered, the sea turtle is at risk from many factors, including habitat destruction, entanglement in fishing gear, hunting and egg collection, climate change, and pollution.
Female sea turtles crawl ashore to dig nests and lay eggs on sandy beaches. The heat of the sand incubates the eggs, and they develop without any help from parent turtles.
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