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Saving Sea Turtles

Hardcover
, 240 pages

12 color plates

ISBN:
9780801899072
March 2011
$26.95

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Saving Sea Turtles

Extraordinary Stories from the Battle against Extinction

In April 2007, eleven leatherback turtles captured the imagination of the public worldwide as they "raced" from Costa Rica toward the Galápagos Islands. Known as the Great Turtle Race, this event tracked these critically endangered sea turtles, drawing attention to their fragile status and generating data on the turtles vital to efforts to study and protect them.

But the Great Turtle Race is just one of many tools marine conservationists use to inform people about the status, biology, and lives of the seven sea turtle species. Due to human actions, once-plentiful sea turtle population levels plummeted throughout much of the twentieth century, stabilizing somewhat only after Archie Carr and Jacques Cousteau popularized their plight. With Saving Sea Turtles, award-winning author James R. Spotila picks up where Carr and Cousteau left off, going inside the modern-day conservation movement to tell the tales of today’s sea turtle conservationists. He provides a complete overview of sea turtle biology and life cycles, discusses the human and natural world threats they face, and examines the new methods and technologies humans are using to save them. Throughout, Spotila dots the narrative with stories of real-life heroes who risk life and limb to understand, track, and conserve sea turtles across the globe.

Spotila has been at the forefront of sea turtle research and conservation for decades. His inspirational story of dedicated individuals, creative endeavors, and adventure reveals what is being done and what else we must do in order to ensure that these fascinating animals continue swimming in the oceans.

James R. Spotila is a professor of biology and the Betz Chair Professor of Environmental Science at Drexel University. He is one of the world's leading sea turtle researchers and conservationists and the author of the award-winning book Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation, also published by Johns Hopkins.

"An interesting overview on the threats to the survival of sea turtles."

"A lively, involving read."

"A turtle biologist makes a plea to save sea turtles, remarkable creatures that start life buried in up to two feet of sand."

"A very engaging and entertaining account of past and present efforts to save sea turtles from extinction."

"If you enjoy aquatic life, you will love this book."

"James Spotila conveys an infectious enthusiasm which hooks the reader from the start... Saving Sea Turtles will be enjoyed by all who have an interest in turtles and conservation."

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