read our new book about the most interesting sea turtles in the world

My fellow editor, Jeff Seminoff, and I are pleased to announce that Sea Turtles of the Eastern Pacific: Advances in Research and Conservation, published by University of Arizona Press, is now out!

It’s a book about your favorite animals in one of the World’s most unique and diverse oceanographic regions – has been published and is now available for online ordering!  The Book Summary and is included below. A Spanish version is in the works and we hope to have it out soon, but in the mean time Sea Turtles of the Eastern Pacific is now shipping  and available via numerous book outlets. Jeff and I send our strongest gratitude for the contributions of all the book’s 24 authors and hope you’ll agree that the final product is a worthwhile addition to your library.

Sea Turtles of the Eastern Pacific: Advances in Research and Conservation

Edited by Jeffrey A. Seminoff and Bryan P. Wallace

University of Arizona Press 2012
ISBN 978-0-8165-1158-7

BOOK SUMMARY

Sea turtles are flagship species for the world’s oceans. They traverse international boundaries during their migrations, serve as vehicles for marine nutrients to terrestrial habitats, and embody the often-tenuous relationship between human action and ecosystem health. The Eastern Pacific Ocean is home to some of the most dynamic marine ecosystems, and the most unique sea turtles. Marine biodiversity within this massive ocean region abounds in mangrove estuaries, seagrass pastures, open ocean, coral reefs, and many other habitats, often with sea turtles being the most conspicuous species present. The distinctive traits of the Eastern Pacific have resulted in the smallest leatherbacks, a singular morph of the green turtle, dark and steeply-domed olive ridleys, and the most cryptic hawksbills on the planet. Only now are we beginning to understand how these varieties have evolved.
However, the oceanographic conditions that make this area an epicenter of sea turtle activity also support massive artisanal and industrial fishing efforts that, coupled with over-consumption of eggs and turtles, have led to declines of several turtle populations in the region. The essays and stories in Sea Turtles of the Eastern Pacific describe for the first time the history of this exploitation, as well as recent sea turtle conservation initiatives and scientific research in the region. The first third of the book considers the biology of the turtles, focusing on general overviews of current ecological management challenges facing the turtles’ survival. The second third treats issues of marine policy related to turtle conservation. In conclu8sion, the book offers six compelling stories of conservation success. By the end, readers will have gained an in-depth view not only of these magnificent creatures, but also the people involved in research and conservation efforts in one of the most remarkable regions of our planet.

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