Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Turtle sex

Thing I love about this business is that you never know what you’re going to learn next – but there’s always something.
So it was at the N.C. Coastal Federation’s forum in Beaufort Monday on the Navy’s proposed sonar range off the coast of North Carolina. Scientists from Duke University's marine labs at Beaufort, as well as other authorities, described the state of knowledge about the effects of sonar on marine mammals, reptiles and fish – and most agree there’s not enough known to draw hard conclusions about the proposed sonar range.
But they do know a lot.
Among other things, I learned that Atlantic Loggerhead sea turtles that nest on the N.C. beaches produce more males than females. I imagine most amateur biology students already knew this, but I missed it long ago. Dr. Larry Crowder, professor of marine biology at the Duke facility, told the group that turtles do not have x and y chromosomes to determine the sex of turtle hatchlings; instead, it’s determined by the temperature of the nest. In the warmer nesting areas down south, more females are hatched; in northern nesting areas between hear and norther Florida, males are more likely to be born, he said.
There’s an easy way to remember how to keep track of it, Dr. Crowder added: “Hot chicks and cool dudes.”
Ain’t higher education wonderful?

17 comments:

Macey said...

ok so I didn't read any of that, I just wanted to post something under the title 'Turtle Sex'. I have an idea. Charlotte should have a coffe shop called Charlatte, what do you think? We could name the drinks after neighborhoods in charlotte like Noda-chino, and a pine-frapp, and a ballenlatte. Way cooler than turtle milfs.

president bushtard said...

I'd love to see a turtle porno.

A 3rd grader said...

Thing I love about this business is that you never know what you’re going to learn next – but there’s always something.


I really don't understand how that sentence could ever make sense.

Cock Cheney said...
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Georgie Porgie Bushy Wooshy Tard the third said...

One time i was watchin a turtle porno and i choked on a pretzel.

Condie Rice (sounds like a mexican dish) said...

One time i blew up a turtle because i thought it had weapons of mass destruction under it's shell

Colin Powell said...

now you know why i quit.

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