Saving Sea Turtles

Saving Sea Turtles : Extraordinary Stories from the Battle against Extinction

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In April 2007, eleven leatherback turtles captured the imagination of the public worldwide as they "raced" from Costa Rica toward the Galapagos 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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 22mm | 454g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • 12 Plates, color
  • 0801899079
  • 9780801899072
  • 69,306

Table of contents

Preface1. Sea Turtles in the Modern World: Where Do We Stand Today?2. Life in the Egg: Buried Alive under Two Feet of Sand3. Race to the Sea: Coatis, Crabs, and Night Herons-Oh My!4. To the Horizon: The First Day5. Lost and Found: Life as a Juvenile6. The Deadliest Catch: The Other Side of Fishing7. Out of the Fire: The Gauntlet Continues8. Return to the Beach: You Can't Go Home Anymore9. Nesting: Taking Back the Night10. Las Baulas: The Last Hope for Pacific Leatherbacks11. Ostional: The Egg-stained Sands of Costa Rica12. Global Warming: Rising Seas, Lost Beaches, and Genders13. The Great Turtle Race: A New Approach to Conservation Education14. Sea Turtles and Satellites: Tales of Technology15. 2100: A World with, or without, Sea Turtles?Index
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An interesting overview on the threats to the survival of sea turtles. * Birdbooker Report * A lively, involving read. * Midwest Book Review * A turtle biologist makes a plea to save sea turtles, remarkable creatures that start life buried in up to two feet of sand. * Science News * A very engaging and entertaining account of past and present efforts to save sea turtles from extinction. * Choice * If you enjoy aquatic life, you will love this book. -- Steven King * Books at the Beach Blog * 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. -- Susan Omar * The Biologist *
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About James R. Spotila

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.
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