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. I took in a significant amount of knowledge whilst reading this. Because of their vulnerable population status, assessing exposure levels and impacts of toxins on the health status of Gulf of Mexico marine turtle populations is critical. This comprehensive work covers not only the usual topics such as communication, learning, sexual selection, navigation, and the history of the field, but also emerging topics in cognition, animal welfare, conservation, and applications of animal behavior. The books large pages do the pictures and the turtles justice. Sea Turtles by James R.
That's my first test of a great book. Having escaped the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs, these ancient reptiles today face new dangers that threaten their survival: pollution, hunting, and the destruction of their nesting grounds. I needed a book to help identify photos I found. Spotila has spent much of his life unraveling the mysteries of these graceful creatures and working to ensure their survival. Yet all of the species in this book—indeed, all sea turtles worldwide—are on U. For more than a hundred million years, sea turtles have been swimming in the world's oceans.
In Sea Turtles, he offers a comprehensive and compelling account of their history and life cycle based on the most recent scientific data - and suggests what we can do w to save them. Of these, we chose representative populations of species that were listed before 2012, occur and reproduce in U. Our family saved baby sea turtles on a vacation. Library Journal Such enthusiasm is infectious. Winner, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards in Biological Sciences Winner, National Outdoor Book Award, Nature and the Environment Outstanding Academic Title, Choice Magazine For more than a hundred million years, sea turtles have been swimming in the world's oceans. Sea turtles represent a diverse marine faunal element in marine environ-ments across latitudes from tropical to subpolar, from pelagic realms to the neritic coastal margins, and along favorable shorelines where turtles nest or bask. The key role of animal behavior in conservation biology receives broad attention, including chapters on topics such as the effects of noise pollution, captive breeding, and how the behavioral effects of parasites interacts with conservation issues.
Sea Turtles is spellbinding, articulate, indispensible and, with its many full-color photos, taken by the world's leading underwater photographers, astonishing. Sea turtles range in size from about 2 feet to 6 feet long, depending on the species. The difference in isotopic composition between animal tissue and its diet, or the diet-tissue discrimination factor, varies with tissue type. The large section on animal cognition brings together many of the world's experts on the subject to provide a comprehensive overview of this rapidly developing area. These magnificent, long-lived creatures spend their lives in the water, coming ashore to lay their eggs.
Sea turtle eggs need to incubate for 45 to 70 days before they hatch. Because of two primary factors: human redevelopment of nesting beaches and commercial fishing. Having escaped the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs, these ancient reptiles today face new dangers that threaten their survival: pollution, hunting, and the destruction of their nesting grounds. She made a beautiful powerpoint presentation and Website with quizzes. Finally, the book addresses the fact that while the notion of ecosystem management has been embraced by a number of environmental regimes, it has thus far failed as an international philosophy.
The female crawls up on the beach, digs a pit for her body which can be more than a foot deep for some species with her flippers, and then digs a nest for the eggs with her hind flippers. 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. Upon hatching, the baby turtles leave the nest and enter a dangerous world of storms and predators. 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. The large section on animal cognition brings together many of the world's experts on the subject to provide a comprehensive overview of this rapidly developing area. This particular edition is in a Hardcover format. For more than a hundred million years, sea turtles have been swimming in the world's oceans.
From the Kemp's ridley, which nests on a single beach on Mexico's Gulf Coast, to the nomadic leatherback, which can weigh up to a ton and is in the most imminent danger of extinction, Spotila offers a vivid description of their diets and mating habits, and the conservation efforts being made on their behalf. From the palm-sized bog turtles of the United States to the great oceanic leatherbacks, turtles across the globe are admired for their persistence, patience, and resilience. While having pre-existing, reviewed and approved protocols to refer to greatly improved response efficiency, significant gaps became apparent in this protocol document due to the challenges associated with coordination across such a complex response and the lack of previous knowledge on how oil can affect the species impacted. He wants whoever is reading this book, whether you are a sea turtle enthusiast or a bored patient at the doctors, to be concerned about the future of sea turtles. A turtle may lay several clutches of eggs during the nesting season. This book explains the precarious situation of these unusual animals, and why we must work to preserve them.
Furthermore, it addresses recent debates on the economic value of nature, and the problems of the illegal trade in species and toxic waste. Comprehensive work which covers the usual topics along with emerging areas of animal behavior This encyclopedia contains clear, accessible writing and is well illustrated, including an online video, complimenting a wealth of information. Spotila's book is recommended for high school, university, and research-level libraries. This is science journalism at its best. Post Register This is simply a great book: lucid, literate, and lavishly illustrated. They have a lower shell, called a plastron.
But this is much more than a coffee-table book: it deserves space on the academic's bookshelf. Having escaped the mass extinction that wiped out the disaurs, these ancient reptiles today face new dangers that threaten their survival: pollution, hunting, and the destruction of their nesting grounds. 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. These magnificent, long-lived creatures spend their lives in the water, coming ashore to lay their eggs. Scientific information is presented in clear language that is equally useful to adult and school kid. It succeeds well in giving a thorough, scientific, and up-to-date overview of the field. In-depth coverage of concepts, methods, and exemplar organisms serves the needs of graduate students and professionals in the field.
The lay readers will be captivated. Also, many charismatic mega-fauna share life history attributes in common with long-lived marine vertebrates and, thus, are outstanding case studies for contemporary challenges in marine conservation ecology. The sections on conservation are hugely important for anyone not involved in the effort. Click for more about and of turtles and marine turtles. Finally, the book addresses the fact that while the notion of ecosystem management has been embraced by a number of environmental regimes, it has thus far failed as an international philosophy.