Loggerheads which are among the world’s largest marine turtles are considered as endangered by The World Conservation Union if global warming occurs at predicted levels.
According to the scientists in University of Exeter, an increase in temperature of 1 degree Celsius could eliminate the birth of male turtles from some beaches. A rise of 3 degrees Celsius would lead to extreme levels of infant mortality and declines in nesting beaches across the United States.
Long line fishing is a major threat to all marine turtles, as is habitat loss and the poaching of turtle eggs.
There have been evidence of continuous decline of loggerhead turtles on Florida beaches, where nest counts have slumped 22.3 percent from 1989 to 2005.
There is a growing concern about the future of loggerhead turtle, which nest on beaches in Oman and Florida and take 20 to 30 years to reach maturity.
Source: Environment News Service