On World Turtle Day, Let the Tortoise Win Again

Author: Sherry Helms

Today, May 23, is the World Turtle Day which is sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue (ATR). The purpose of this day is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for the world’s oldest creatures, turtles and tortoises. Existed since the time of the dinosaurs, these gentle animals have been around the world for more than 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade.

The celebration of this day is a call to protect the harmless and the oldest extant species on Earth that may become in future an extinct like the dinosaurs, if we do not do anything helpful for safeguarding them. We should support the noble intention of the people and the organizations endeavoring to conserve this extant-getting-extinct species of marine world. Also, in this way, we can preserve the  essence of the famous folklore “The Tortoise and The Hare” for the coming generations.

To promote the cause of this very day, our editorial team, after making thorough online research, has compiled a list of books that will not only enhance your knowledge about the status, biology, and lives of the sea turtles,  but also let you know why it is so crucial to prevent the same from mass extinction.

Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation – For more than two hundred million years, harm less sea turtles have been living and swimming gracefully in the world’s oceans. Marine biologist James R. Spotila has spent much of his life unraveling the mysteries of these graceful creatures and working to ensure their survival. 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 now to save them.

Fire In The Turtle House: The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean – Sea turtles are the oldest creature of the Earth, but now, suddenly, they are dying, ravaged by a mysterious plague. What is happening to the sea turtle, and how can it be stopped? In this fascinating scientific detective story, Osha Gray Davidson tracks the fervent efforts of the extraordinary scientists, marine biologists, veterinarians, and others who are worked to unravel the complicated biological and environmental puzzle behind the turtles and their extinction. Besides following the particular species of turtles, Davidson also explores the history of man’s relationship to the sea, opening a window onto the role played by humans in the increasing number of marine die-offs and extinctions.

Saving Sea Turtles: Extraordinary Stories from the Battle against Extinction –  Award-winning author James R. Spotila has done an in-depth study of the modern-day conservation movement to tell the tales of today’s sea turtle conservationists. He provides a complete overview of sea turtle biology and life cycles, discusses the human and natural world threats they face, and examines the new methods and technologies humans are using to save them. Throughout the book, Spotila dots the narrative with stories of real-life heroes who risk life and limb to understand, track, and conserve sea turtles across the globe.

Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth’s Last Dinosaur – Through this book, award-winning natural history expert Carl Safina makes clear that the fate of the leatherback turtle, the largest like dinosaurs, is in our hands. Safina and his colleagues has track down leatherbacks across the world’s oceans and onto remote beaches of every continent to study their biology and current status. Throughout, in his peerless prose, Safina captures the delicate interaction between these gentle giants and the humans who are playing a significant role in their survival.

Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles – Limp and frozen, a Kemp’s ridley turtle washes up on Cape Cod. When a boy named Max finds it, the turtle appears to be dead. But is it? Award-winning author Kathryn Lasky takes young readers on a riveting tour that begins on the icy shores of Cape Cod, where expert teams attempt to revive the Kemp’s ridley, and ends on the warm beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, where turtles of this rare breed are born and may return to lay eggs of their own. All sea turtles are threatened or endangered, but the Kemp’s ridley is the most endangered of all — and this awe-inspiring story makes it clear why we need to protect them.

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