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Saving Sea Turtles

Extraordinary Stories from the Battle against Extinction

James R. Spotila

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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 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…

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.

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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.

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Available
Trim Size
5.5
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8.5
Pages
240
ISBN
9780801899072
Illustration Description
12 color plates
Table of Contents

Preface
1. Sea Turtles in the Modern World: Where Do We Stand Today?
2. Life in the Egg: Buried Alive under Two Feet of Sand
3. Race to the Sea: Coatis, Crabs, and Night Herons—Oh My!
4. To the Horizon

Preface
1. Sea Turtles in the Modern World: Where Do We Stand Today?
2. Life in the Egg: Buried Alive under Two Feet of Sand
3. Race to the Sea: Coatis, Crabs, and Night Herons—Oh My!
4. To the Horizon: The First Day
5. Lost and Found: Life as a Juvenile
6. The Deadliest Catch: The Other Side of Fishing
7. Out of the Fire: The Gauntlet Continues
8. Return to the Beach: You Can't Go Home Anymore
9. Nesting: Taking Back the Night
10. Las Baulas: The Last Hope for Pacific Leatherbacks
11. Ostional: The Egg-stained Sands of Costa Rica
12. Global Warming: Rising Seas, Lost Beaches, and Genders
13. The Great Turtle Race: A New Approach to Conservation Education
14. Sea Turtles and Satellites: Tales of Technology
15. 2100: A World with, or without, Sea Turtles?
Index

Author Bio
James R. Spotila
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James R. Spotila, Ph.D.

James R. Spotila is the L. Drew Betz Chair Professor of Environmental Science at Drexel University and director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. The founding president of the International Sea Turtle Society and chairman of the board of The Leatherback Trust, he is the author of Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation and Saving Sea Turtles...