Crash in sea-turtle births stumps ecologists

The mystery behind a dramatic fall in the number of leatherback sea-turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) hatchlings in the US Virgin Islands remains unsolved, despite the latest efforts of researchers. Rising temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns — the top two suspects — don’t seem to be connected to the decline, according to a study published on 4 October. The finding contradicts previous work, leaving researchers scratching their heads over what could be happening. | Read more ...

Rachael Lallensack