19 Nov '12, 2pm

Climate change threatens population of Earth’s largest sea turtle

Climate change threatens population of Earth’s largest sea turtle

Jaguar v. sea turtle: when land and marine conservation icons collide (05/16/2012) At first, an encounter between a jaguar (Panthera onca) and a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) seems improbable, even ridiculous, but the two species do come into fatal contact when a female turtle, every two to four years, crawls up a jungle beach to lay her eggs. A hungry jaguar will attack the nesting turtle, killing it with a bite to the neck, and dragging the massive animal—sometime all the way into the jungle—to eat the muscles around the neck and flippers. Despite the surprising nature of such encounters, this behavior, and its impact on populations, has been little studied. Now, a new study in Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park has documented five years of jaguar attacks on marine turtles—and finds these encounters are not only more common than expected, but on the rise. Leatherb...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1119-ucsc-shugart-leatherba...

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