Sea Turtles

A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation
Author: James R. Spotila
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 0801880076
Category: Nature
Page: 227
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Presents a vivid description of the natural history and life cycle of the seven species of sea tutles, including diets and mating habits, the environmental dangers that threaten their survival, and current conservation efforts.

Sea Turtles


Author: N.A
Publisher: Lerner Publications
ISBN: 9780822530053
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 48
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Introduces the world's largest turtles, and discusses their nesting habits, how young turtles grow up, turtle migration, the reasons why turtles are endangered, and conservation efforts

Saving Sea Turtles

Extraordinary Stories from the Battle against Extinction
Author: James R. Spotila
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421402106
Category: Nature
Page: 240
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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.

The Biology of Sea Turtles


Author: Peter L. Lutz,John A. Musick
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1351411284
Category: Science
Page: 446
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Sea turtles have existed for millions of years, making them fascinating subjects of study. In the last 20 years, the science of sea turtle biology has expanded at an exponential rate, leading to major advances in many areas. This book synthesizes the results of these advances and focuses on how these endangered marine reptiles operate in, adapt to, and are dependent upon particular features of their marine environment. New technology in data gathering, such as DNA analyses, remote sensing, and physiological monitoring techniques, has led to a much greater understanding of the biology of the sea turtle at all stages of their life history.

Sea Turtles of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States


Author: Carol Ruckdeschel,C. Robert Shoop
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 082034446X
Category: Nature
Page: 152
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Written by two of the Southeast's foremost authorities on sea turtle conservation, this is an accessible, fully illustrated guide to the species that frequent the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States. No one who encounters a sea turtle soon forgets it. The leatherback, for instance, can grow to huge proportions, commonly approaching eight feet in length and more than half a ton in weight. Powerful swimmers, they are also among the deepest divers of all air-breathing sea creatures. Despite these assets, the survival of the leatherback, like that of all sea turtle species, is under constant threat from commercial fishing operations, overdevelopment of nesting grounds, pollution, and predation by introduced species. The guide opens with comprehensive coverage of the sea turtle's evolution, juvenile and adult life cycles, nesting, diet and feeding, disease and parasites, predators, and conservation issues. Each subsequent chapter is dedicated to a particular turtle species: loggerhead, leatherback, Kemp's ridley, green sea turtle, hawksbill, and olive ridley. The account of each species describes distribution, habitats, general appearance, life history and behavior, and conservation. For each species, photographs of hatchlings and adults and a map showing distribution and migration provide further information. Sea turtles have been swimming the seas for one hundred million years. Yet all of the species in this book—indeed, all sea turtles worldwide—are on U.S. and international endangered lists. Biologists Carol Ruckdeschel and C. Robert Shoop have dedicated their careers to learning about sea turtles—and to ensuring that we understand that we are stakeholders in the fate of these ancient creatures. With this guide in hand, readers will be better equipped to understand sea turtle biology and support sea turtle conservation efforts.

The Leatherback Turtle

Biology and Conservation
Author: James R. Spotila,Pilar Santidrián Tomillo
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 142141709X
Category: Science
Page: 246
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Weighing as much as 2,000 pounds and reaching lengths of over seven feet, leatherback turtles are the world’s largest reptile. These unusual sea turtles have a thick, pliable shell that helps them to withstand great depths—they can swim more than one thousand meters below the surface in search of food. And what food source sustains these goliaths? Their diet consists almost exclusively of jellyfish, a meal they crisscross the oceans to find. Leatherbacks have been declining in recent decades, and some predict they will be gone by the end of this century. Why? Because of two primary factors: human redevelopment of nesting beaches and commercial fishing. There are only twenty-nine index beaches in the world where these turtles nest, and there is immense pressure to develop most of them into homes or resorts. At the same time, longline and gill net fisheries continue to overwhelm waters frequented by leatherbacks. In The Leatherback Turtle, James R. Spotila and Pilar Santidrián Tomillo bring together the world’s leading experts to produce a volume that reveals the biology of the leatherback while putting a spotlight on the conservation problems and solutions related to the species. The book leaves us with options: embark on the conservation strategy laid out within its pages and save one of nature’s most splendid creations, or watch yet another magnificent species disappear. -- Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

Sea Turtles of Hawai_i


Author: Patrick Ching
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824824341
Category: Nature
Page: 55
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Offers an illustrated look at the natural history of the sea turtle species that live in Hawaiian waters.

The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles

Archie Carr and the Origins of Conservation Biology
Author: Frederick R. Davis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195310772
Category: Nature
Page: 312
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Archie Carr, one of the greatest biologists of the twentieth century, played a leading part in finding a new and critical role for natural history and systematics in a post-1950s world dominated by the glamorous science of molecular biology. With the rise of molecular biology came a growing popular awareness of species extinction. Carr championed endangered sea turtles, and his work reflects major shifts in the study of ecology and evolution. A gifted nature writer, his books on the natural history of sea turtles and their habitats in Florida, the Caribbean, and Africa entertained and educated a wide audience. Carr's conservation ethic grew from his field work as well as his friendships with the fishermen who supplied him with many of the stories he retold so engagingly. With Archie Carr as the focus, The Man Who Saved Sea Turtles explores the evolution of the naturalist tradition, biology, and conservation during the twentieth century.

Sea Turtles

An Extraordinary Natural History of Some Uncommon Turtles
Author: Blair E. Witherington
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 0760326444
Category: Nature
Page: 132
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Describes the life of sea turtles including their form and function, their transition from land to sea and back again, and their relationship with humans.

Biology and Conservation of Ridley Sea Turtles


Author: Pamela T. Plotkin
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801886119
Category: Nature
Page: 356
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The smallest of the sea turtles, olive and Kemp’s ridleys are the only marine turtles to exhibit mass-nesting behavior, known as arribadas. This fascinating phenomenon, during which one could literally walk shell-to-shell across a beach, is considered one of the most amazing wonders of nature. In Biology and Conservation of Ridley Sea Turtles, Pamela T. Plotkin brings together the world’s experts on the genus Lepidochelys to present the first comprehensive, book-length examination of these fascinating animals. Featuring the writings of noted experts including Peter C. H. Pritchard, Jack Frazier, Rene Márquez-M., and Donna J. Shaver, the volume synthesizes over a half century of research. With chapters focused on evolution, development, genetics, physiology, reproduction, migration, and conservation, this book combines a wealth of knowledge and describes an agenda for further research. An integral part of oceanic ecosystems, ridleys present challenges for conservation. Olive ridleys are abundant in some areas and declining in others, whereas Kemp’s ridleys are endangered but slowly recovering. Both face beach-based threats and are prone to capture by commercial fisheries. Here Plotkin and her colleagues reveal the nature of these species and the steps needed to make sure they remain a permanent part of the marine environment.

Carolina's Story

Sea Turtles Get Sick Too!
Author: Donna Rathmell
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing
ISBN: 9781934359006
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
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Presents the story of Carolina, a loggerhead turtle that was brought to a turtle hospital after she became sick with the flu, was cured, and was finally released back into the wild; includes a "make your own sea turtle" cut-out.

Loggerhead Sea Turtles


Author: Alan E. Bolton,Blair E. Witherington
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588345556
Category: Nature
Page: 320
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Sea turtles have been the focus of research and intense conservation efforts for decades and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, currently listed as a threatened species, is arguably one of the best studied of the seven species. Loggerhead Sea Turtles brings together, for the first time, international experts to synthesize the knowledge of Loggerhead biology and conservation and sets the stage for future ecological, biological, and conservation research. Highly detailed coverage includes diet, growth, nesting, migration, habitat selection, and conservation.

The Case of the Green Turtle

An Uncensored History of a Conservation Icon
Author: Alison Rieser
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421406195
Category: Science
Page: 352
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The journals of early maritime explorers traversing the Atlantic Ocean often describe swarms of sea turtles, once a plentiful source of food. Many populations had been decimated by the 1950s, when Archie Carr and others raised public awareness of their plight. One species, the green turtle, has been the most heavily exploited due to international demand for turtle products, especially green turtle soup. The species has achieved some measure of recovery due to thirty years of conservation efforts, but remains endangered. In The Case of the Green Turtle, Alison Rieser provides an unparalleled look into the way science and conservation interact by focusing on the most controversial aspect of green turtle conservation—farming. While proponents argued that farming green sea turtles would help save them, opponents countered that it encouraged a taste for turtle flesh that would lead to the slaughter of wild stocks. The clash of these viewpoints once riveted the world. Rieser relies on her expertise in ocean ecology, policy, and law to reveal how the efforts to preserve sea turtles changed marine conservation and the way we view our role in the environment. Her study of this early conservation controversy will fascinate anyone who cares about sea turtles or the oceans in which they live. -- C. Kenneth Dodd, Jr.

Our Sea Turtles

A Practical Guide for the Atlantic and Gulf, from Canada to Mexico
Author: Blair E. Witherington,Dawn Witherington
Publisher: Pineapple PressInc
ISBN: 9781561647361
Category: Nature
Page: 282
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Our Sea Turtles is an abundantly illustrated guide to our human experience with a majestic and intriguing group of marine animals. The book dives deep into the lives of sea turtles, telling their story with unique perspectives and fascinating images that engender understanding and compassion.

The Amphibians and Reptiles of New York State

Identification, Natural History, and Conservation
Author: James P. Gibbs,Alvin R. Breisch,Peter K. Ducey,Glenn Johnson,the late John Behler,Richard Bothner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198041399
Category: Nature
Page: 504
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This is the first guide yet produced to the amphibians and reptiles of New York State, a large and heavily populated state that hosts a surprisingly diverse and interesting community of amphibians and reptiles. This much needed guide to the identification, distribution, natural history and conservation of the amphibians and reptiles of New York State fill a long-empty niche. The book is the first comprehensive presentation of the distributional data gathered for the New York State Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project. With more than 60,000 records compiled from 1990-1999, this extraordinary and up-to-date database provides a rich foundation for the book. This volume provides detailed narratives on the 69 species native to New York State. With a heavy emphasis on conservation biology, the book also includes chapters on threats, legal protections, habitat conservation guidelines, and conservation case studies. Also included are 67 distribution maps and 62 pages of color photographs contributed by more than 30 photographers. As a field guide or a desk reference, The Amphibians and Reptiles of New York State is indispensable for anyone interested in the vertebrate animals of the Northeast, as well as students, field researchers and natural resource professionals.

The Windward Road


Author: Archie Carr
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0307832112
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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The Windward Road, published in 1956, made history. When Archie Carr began to rove the Caribbean to write about sea turtles, he saw that their numbers were dwindling. Out of this appeal to save them grew the first ventures in international sea turtle conservation and the establishment of the Caribbean Conservation Corporation. In addition to sea turtle biology, Carr recorded his general impressions, producing a natural history sprinkled with colorful stories.

Polar Bears

A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior
Author: Andrew E. Derocher
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9781421403052
Category: Science
Page: 249
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Presents an introduction to the polar bear, discussing its evolution, physical characteristics, life cycle, predatory behavior, habitat, and the threats to its existence from global warming.

Turtles of the World


Author: Franck Bonin,Bernard Devaux,Alain Dupré
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801884962
Category: Nature
Page: 416
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Franck Bonin, Bernard Devaux, and Alain Dupr have traveled the world together to study turtles in their natural habitats. In this complete guide to the world's nearly 300 species of turtles, the authors reveal intimate, little-known details of these intriguing reptiles in their native habitats: what they eat, where they live, how they behave, and when and where they lay their eggs.

So Excellent a Fishe

A Natural History of Sea Turtles
Author: Archie Fairly Carr,Karen A. Bjorndal
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780813037981
Category: Nature
Page: 248
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This title captures Carr's gentle humour, his passionate fascination with sea turtles, and his intense love of sharing his knowledge with readers. A foreword by Karen Bjorndal brings the story up to date.

Sea Turtles

An Ecological Guide
Author: David Gulko,Karen L. Eckert
Publisher: Mutual Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781566476515
Category: Science
Page: 121
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Sea turtles play a myriad of roles in the marine ecosystem. As predator and prey, competitors and hosts, and conduits for energy and nutrient movement, these amazing, imperilled creatures are vital to the continued ecological balance of the seas. This book explores the ecology and natural history of sea turtles in an easy-to-read, yet comprehensive format suitable for amateurs and experts alike.