Sea Turtles: Ocean Nomads

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On a deserted tropical beach, a mysterious saucer-shaped being emerges from the ocean: It's a mother sea turtle lumbering up the beach to lay her eggs. Nearby, a group of hatchlings race toward the sea. These are some of the fascinating sea turtles we will meet in this exquisitely photographed book. Text and photographs help answer some questions that have been puzzling researchers for years: Do they migrate? Where do young sea turtles spend their early years? What can we do to help these creatures survive? This ...

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Overview

On a deserted tropical beach, a mysterious saucer-shaped being emerges from the ocean: It's a mother sea turtle lumbering up the beach to lay her eggs. Nearby, a group of hatchlings race toward the sea. These are some of the fascinating sea turtles we will meet in this exquisitely photographed book. Text and photographs help answer some questions that have been puzzling researchers for years: Do they migrate? Where do young sea turtles spend their early years? What can we do to help these creatures survive? This is a beautiful addition to children's nature books by the author and photographer of Sharks, of which The Horn Book said: "Full-color, close-up photographs . . . well-organized, well-written text."

Presents information on the physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, various species, and life cycle of sea turtles, along with a discussion of their endangered status and the efforts being made to study and conserve them.

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In her usual fine narrative style, Cerullo traces the activities of two divers who have come to Sipadan Island a hundred miles off the coast of Borneo to investigate and set up protection for two sea turtle species. It is here that they have nested for thousands of years but now are likely to be disrupted by the arrival of many divers and fishermen. Chapters then cover seven or eight (scientists disagree) turtle types and talents, how scientists study them, their perilous time on land, and their iffy future. Interesting sidebars, including one about a turtle hospital, engage the reader as does an ending page, "What can one person do?" A bibliography, short index, and glossary are included. The book is a good research tool, encompassing, as it does, the passion scientists feel in preserving the species along a good description and overview of its present status. 2003, Dutton, Ages 9 to 14.
— Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
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Gr 4-7-Spectacular close-up pictures showing a variety of sea turtles in the wild and an informative, spirited text combine for a dynamic photo-essay on these ancient, endangered animals. From the first chapter on Sipadan Island in the Pacific Ocean, home to underwater caves that attract, and trap, sea turtles, readers will be caught up in the beauty and adventure of the underwater world. Other chapters deal with the physical characteristics of sea turtles, their brief and dangerous time on land, and their life at sea, much of which is still a mystery. Finally, there is discussion of their endangered status due to hunting, habitat encroachment, pollution, and fishing gear, as well as the conservation efforts to bring them back from the verge of extinction. The inclusion of humans involved with these animals is what makes this book special; readers will be fascinated to learn about the different people working to save these creatures-scientists as well as volunteers, including a number of children. A first-rate choice.-Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Jam-packed with information and photographs, this ocean adventure falls short of potential due to poor organization and occasional heavy-handedness. Beginning with two divers swimming through underground caves near Borneo that are littered with skeletons from sea turtles that were lost underwater and drowned, it abruptly switches to describe species of sea turtles, their birth on land, the mysteries of their lives at sea, and their alarming potential for extinction. Gorgeous, informative photographs are a highlight--but the layout, with too many sidebars that sometimes take up a full double spread, and are set in hard-to-read white-on-black type, significantly detracts from them. Worse, readers are told that "almost all the perils [a sea turtle faces] can be traced back to humans," just after being told how turtles can drown on their own, and before being told how turtle hatchlings are eaten by natural predators before they reach the ocean. Hyperbole lessens the effectiveness of the message that sea turtles need global protection. For a better turtle conservation story, read Lasky and Knight’s Interrupted Journey. For sea turtle facts, this is adequate. (Nonfiction. 7-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525466499
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/26/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary M. Cerullo was once named Outstanding Marine Educator of the Year.

Jeffrey L. Rotman is one of the best-known underwater photographers in the world.

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