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Male Sea Turtles Are Disappearing in an Ever-Hotter US South (Correct)

Aug. 7, 2022, 7:11 PM

As intense heat waves become more commonplace across the US, researchers fear more volatile temperatures will stunt sea turtle populations.

In the Florida Keys, Bette Zirkelbach, who directs the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, is worried about the species’ fate, saying that in the past four years, researchers have only found female eggs and hatchlings just as the state has seen temperatures touch record highs.

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