Animals Affected by Climate Change

By Alex Batka

Sea Turtles

Many sea turtles lay their eggs on beaches that are threatened by rising sea levels. In addition, the temperature of beaches has been steadily increasing which is affecting the offspring of sea turtles. Colder sand temperatures are more likely to produce males and warmer sand temperatures are more likely to produce female sea turtles. Since the beaches are getting warmer, there are more female offspring and many worry about the dwindling male populations.

Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) swimming in open sea. Zákinthos, Lagana Bay, Greece.

Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) swimming in open sea. Zákinthos, Lagana Bay, Greece.

Orangutans

The orangutan’s natural habit is being destroyed at an alarming rate due to deforestation. Thanks to global warming, these animals are also dealing with longer droughts and larger wildfires destroying their homes.

Bornean Orangutan female 'Lady Di' with her son 'La Betty' aged 3 years (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii). Camp Rasak, Lamandau Nature Reserve, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia.

Bornean Orangutan female 'Lady Di' with her son 'La Betty' aged 3 years (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii). Camp Rasak, Lamandau Nature Reserve, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia.

Northern Right Whales

These whales are extremely endangered with only 300 individuals left. Warming waters contain less plankton, so Northern Right Whales are having a difficult time finding food.

Northern right whale mother & calf (Eubalaena glacialis) off the Atlantic coast of Florida.

Northern right whale mother & calf (Eubalaena glacialis) off the Atlantic coast of Florida.