Sea Turtle Book

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

 

The University of Georgia Press has published Sea Turtles of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States by Carol Ruckdeschel and C. Robert Shoop of the Cumberland Island Museum, with Meg Hoyle, Photo Editor.

 

The 152-page book, available for $22.95 per copy, is an accessible, fully illustrated guide to the species that frequent the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States.

 

The guide describes in depth the sea turtle’s evolution, juvenile and adult life cycles, nesting, diet and feeding, diseases and parasites, predators, and conservation issues. Each chapter covers one turtle species: loggerhead, leatherback, Kemp’s ridley, green sea turtle, hawksbill, and olive ridley. For each species, the reader learns about distribution, habitats, general appearance, life history and behavior, and conservation. Photographs of hatchlings and adults and maps showing distribution and migration broaden the reader’s insight into the sea turtles’ world.

 

These majestic creatures have been swimming in the earth’s oceans for a hundred million years. But today all of the world’s sea turtles, including those described in this book, are endangered. This guide will help readers better understand the biology of sea turtles and appreciate conservation efforts on their behalf.

The book includes the following information about each species covered:

  • distribution
  • habitats
  • general appearance
  • life history and behavior
  • conservation

Additional features include:

  • identification keys
  • glossary
  • selected bibliography
  • detailed drawings of distinctive features
  • color photographs
  • distribution maps
Sea Turtles of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, June 2006
152 pp., 6 x 9 in.
79 color photos, 6 maps, 32 figures
ISBN 0-8203-2614-3 paper

The museum’s 2000 book, Sea Turtles of the Georgia Coast, is still available as well.

All sea turtles are on the Endangered Species List and are protected by law. Readers are encouraged to report any sightings of dead animals to the state Department of Natural Resources.