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In Heat's Clutches
Photograph by Peter Essick

Two hawksbill turtles emerge from their eggs into the cradling palms of biologist Zandy Hillis-Starr on Buck Island near St. Croix in the Caribbean. Climate change is turning up the burners on the world's diverse ecosystems. In the case of hawksbills, higher temperatures are yielding larger percentages of female hatchlings, a phenomenon that applies to many types of reptiles. Scientists wonder what long-term effect such skewed gender numbers will have on endangered hawksbills and other sea turtle species worldwide.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1V
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Night
Lighting Techniques: Flash and flashlight


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