#Conservation: Panama turtle eggs could ‘fry’ from rising temperatures


turtle eggs

Sea turtle eggs laid in the sand of beaches in Panama risk getting fried before hatching because of rising temperatures, an environmental protection group in the Central American country is warning.

“Global warming sounds a bit apocalyptic, but we’re already seeing the effects on turtle populations,” Gerardo Alvarez, a member of the Tortuguias group, told AFP on the weekend.

“With the rise of a couple of degrees in the overall average temperature, many species of turtle will disappear because the nests will fry,” he said.

His group has found that temperature spikes are risking the viability of eggs laid by thousands of sea turtles on two Pacific coast beaches it monitors.

The fact that the sand is warmer, too, increases the chances of female turtles hatching, throwing gender ratios out of balance.

“Temperature spokes have reached 36 degree Celsius (97 degree Fahrenheit),” Alvarez said.

The eggs need a sand temperature range of 26 to 35 degrees Celsius (79 to 95 Fahreinheit) to be viable. Higher than that and incubation is halted, with the proteins inside becoming cooked.

Alvaro said that at the lower end of that range, males were more likely to hatch, while above 32 degrees, there were more females.

“In these circumstances, the turtle population is becoming more and more feminized and there aren’t enough males to mate with them to have young,” the expert said.

He spoke AFP on Saturday, as 300 people released newly hatched sea turtles on the beach of Punta Chame, near the city of Panama, brought in from an incubation unit.

The warning came ahead of a UN summit on climate change that is to be held in Paris next week. The talks aim to curb greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.



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  • I find Prof. Ongeri’s reasoning not informed by any experiential circumstances! We need to plan and execute programmes in this country in an organized manner. The haphazard manner in which every programme is executed in this country leaves citizens wondering whether the country has leaders who are really up to the job or people who are simply banking on trial and error as they lead! It’s only a mad person who can plan an election when children are still in school. Our planning should be informed by the nature of our politics. We cannot afford to leave our children in school during electioneering with the kind of high-octane-politics that charaterize our campaigns. The signs are already out their that Kenya has learnt nothing from the choas that engulfed the country in 2007/2008. In fact, the government has shown no effort to assure the citizens that what happened; the shame that Kenyans went through, will not be condoned! Therefore, accepting a March election when children are in school will be a kin to throwing our children to the jaws of a hyena! I am concerning about this because we are dealing with a group of individuals who care less whether your children are murdered, raped or vanguished – their aim is to get to parliament or capture any other position of power by any means possible!

    I, therefore, call upon the mothers and fathers of this great nation whose children whill caged like rats to stand up to the electoral body and; say, never! Let the election for this year be done in mid December and the subsequent elections conducted according to the new constitution! It’s nonsense for the government to waste Kenyans’ time and money promulgating a constitution they don’t believe in!

  • Bsmwalukuku

    The Prof. has again got all wrong and this is reminscent of many error in the ministry. election period is long than two days Sir!

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