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Without shade Mon Repos baby endangered loggerhead turtles are toast

Without shade Mon Repos baby endangered loggerhead turtles are toast

ivermectin 10 mg tablet for dogs SHADE cloth is being installed at Queensland’s Mon Repos conservation park to prevent more of the famous turtle rookery’s precious hatchlings dying in the summer heat.

casino 10 euro startguthaben Environment Minister Steven Miles said researchers were taking evasive action after temperatures of up to 77 degrees Celsius were recorded on the dunes at the rookery, near Bundaberg, with hatchlings perishing once they made it to the surface.
“Midday sand temperatures at the top of one dune this week have been breaking records – from 72.4 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, up to 75 degrees on Wednesday and a staggering 77 degrees on Thursday (February 2),” Dr Miles said.

rencontre gay maris “It’s too late for the clutches that were laid two months ago before the first heatwave hit and tragically we are now seeing hatchlings emerging and dying in the midday sun.”

ivermectin south africa manufacturers But he said it was hoped the installation of the shade cloth would protect thousands of new hatchlings.

ivermectin for humans ebay “By the end of this nesting season they will have relocated more than 300 clutches of eggs to shaded areas of the beach,” Dr Miles said.

Unaí casino money handling process “With each clutch consisting of upward of 100 eggs, that’s thousands of turtles making their way to the ocean when they otherwise might never have hatched at all.”

About 200 clutches have hatched at Mon Repos so far this season.

More than 1300 clutches are expected to hatch in total.

EHP Chief Scientist Dr Col Limpus said the installation of the shade cloth to protect the hatchlings was critical to the survival of the loggerhead turtle.

Baby Turtles at Mon Repos

He said the shade cloth was keeping the sand underneath about 30 degrees cooler than on the exposed dunes.

“We know that temperatures start to affect incubation rates of turtle eggs at around 32 degrees Celsius,” Dr Limpus said.

“Sand surface temperatures under the shade cloth are around 30 degrees cooler than on the exposed dunes and we’re confident that at nest depth, up to 60cm below the sand, temperatures are remaining lower than the critical 32 degrees.

“This simple idea will make a real difference to the numbers of hatchling turtles produced at Mon Repos which is critical to the survival of the loggerhead turtle.”

A tourist group watch the action around a turtle nest at Mon Repos.