New book out now!!
The leatherback Turtle, Biology and Conservation.
Edited by J. R. Spotila and P. Santidrián Tomillo. Johns Hopkins University Press.
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
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
(have a look inside here)