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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Turtles of the World

Author: Franck Bonin,Bernard Devaux,Alain Dupré

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801884962

Category: Nature

Page: 416

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From the familiar painted turtle basking on a log to the majestic long-lived giant tortoises, turtles are among the most fascinating animals on the planet. For many years Franck Bonin, Bernard Devaux, and Alain Dupré 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. Originally written in French, the text has been translated by one of the world's leading turtle experts, Peter C. H. Pritchard. The result is a beautifully written and illustrated book that belongs on the shelf of every library, public and private. Written for the millions of turtle lovers and nature enthusiasts who will find answers to their questions within its pages, this book is bound to become the standard reference for years to come.

Owls of the United States and Canada

A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior

Author: Wayne Lynch

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801886874

Category: Nature

Page: 242

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In this gorgeous book, celebrated natural history writer and wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch reveals the secrets of owls with stunning photographs, personal anecdotes, and accessible science. The photos alone are masterpieces--the vast majority were taken in the wild. From the great horned to the tiny elf owl, this amazing volume captures the beauty and mystery of these charismatic birds of prey.Johns Hopkins University Press

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.

Sea Turtle Scientist

Author: Stephen R. Swinburne

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547367554

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 65

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This compelling addition to the award-winning Scientists in the Field series explores the leatherback sea turtle's remarkable natural history and recounts the extraordinary efforts being made by scientists trying to save them. 15,000 first printing.

Sea Turtles

Author: Elizabeth Laskey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781439538111

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Discusses the life of sea turtles, describing where they live, what they eat, how they behave, how humans study them, and what can be done to protect these creatures.