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If I were the author and someone challenged me with D, I would say, "The Baja turtles could be mating at BOTH the Japan site and the Atlantic. Just because the turtles resemble the Atlantic kind doesn't mean they can't also resemble the Japanese kind.
I liked C because I think it's very reasonable to assume a rough correlation between number of turtles and number of nesting sites. If a site has 1 million turtles, I expect to find more nesting sites than if it had 1 turtle. Although the reason I didn't like C was because of the possibility that the Baja turtles could have multiple hatching sites elsewhere that are growing and compensating for the decrease in Japan.
Dave Killoran, elsewhere on the forum, posted about not being clinically logical on Weaken questions and allow some wiggle room. I think that's what I'm doing here.
I could see how D could be the clear answer if the stimulus had said it is impossible for Baja turtles to reach the Atlantic but it doesn't say that. Assuming you know Baja is near Central America, why can't the turtles swim around Argentina and hatch in the South Atlantic in addition to Japan? That would explain the genetic similarities and not weaken the argument.