Saltwater Brewery created an answer to floating plastic six pack rings harming the ocean environment and its creatures. Their rings are edible and made from wheat and barley leftover from the beer making process. It’s a great way for the brewery to cut back on waste product and provides a snack for fish and other sea dwelling animals. If more companies recycled like this maybe we could cut down on the amount of garbage polluting our waters daily.
Reptile sex is highly affected by incubation temperatures, and with climate change, we’re already starting to see the effect this has on wild species. Sea turtles are an r-selected species, meaning that they produce many offspring, each of which has a relatively low probability of surviving to adulthood. Most baby sea turtles don’t make it to adulthood, and with fewer males being born, that means that this generation of sea turtles from this particular area is going to be greatly affected by the time they’re ready to breed- fewer potential parents means a shallower gene pool, and if there’s not enough males, then… well, there’s not enough males. Usually females are the limiters of fertility, but that assumes a population with a healthy male/female ratio.
Sea turtles are already threatened by humans- we eat them, hit them with boats, poison/choke them with plastic bags and other pollution… and now we can add “unintentionally screwing up sex rations via anthropogenic climate change” to the list of charges against us.
Are you excited for World Turtle Day? From tiny, cute baby turtles to massive 1,500 pound leatherbacks, these fascinating animals can be found in almost every ecosystem around the world. Carrying their shells, they’re at home wherever they roam. Human intervention has threatened some turtle species, so please make sure you don’t disturb or distract them, especially nesting sea turtles. Photo of green sea turtles at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge by Daniel W. Clark, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The purpose of World Turtle Day is to “increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive”.
Here are a couple of ways that turtles are getting help.
How are these endangered baby sea turtles finding their way home? Mostly by themselves, but they get by with a little help from their friends :D From @itsokaytobesmart
Turtles grow up without parents, which might sound lonely. But for threatened baby turtles raised in a zoo it’s an advantage: they can learn to catch crickets all by themselves. There’s a paradox, though. When they are ready to leave the nursery, there is little wilderness where they can make a home.