Come April, Fuwairit beach in Qatar becomes home to its seasonal guests, the Arabian Gulf hawksbill turtles. Lingering there till early June, the female hawksbills lay and incubate eggs, giving birth to baby turtles.
On their way to sea, most of the newborns fall prey to poachers and predators. Now, they also face increasing sea surface temperatures and hotter sands.
A recent study has found that rising temperatures are affecting the hawksbills’ hatching potential and the birth of their hatchlings, ultimately reducing their fertility.
Low fertility makes the Arabian hawksbills more vulnerable than their already endangered counterparts elsewhere in the world, says lead author Mark Chatting from Qatar University. read more