Endangered sea turtles found on Louisiana islands for first time in 75 years – the Guardian

Kemp's Ridley sea turtle (by Andy Wraithmell, Florida Fish and Wildlife CC BY-ND 2.0)

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For the first time in 75 years, hatchlings of the world’s smallest sea turtle species have been discovered on the Chandeleur Islands, a chain of barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of New Orleans.

The news was particularly uplifting for environmentalists because the hatchlings were Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, an endangered species that also happens to be the world’s smallest sea turtle. The turtles are predominantly found in the Gulf, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Great Barrier Reef records highest hard coral cover in 36 years – Reef Builders

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia (photo by Kyle Taylor CC BY 2.0 via Flickr).

The Australian Institute of Marine Science has reported a 36-year coral coverage high across the Great Barrier Reef for 2021/22. The greatest coverage increases were reported in the North and Central regions of the GBR, which is in direct contrast as they have also been the regions worst affected by coral bleaching via rising sea temperatures in recent years. In the Southern region, monitoring found that coral coverage decreased slightly, but that was due to other pressures affecting coral, like Crown of Thorns starfish outbreaks…