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Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur

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A book by Carl Safina

Starred Review.MacArthur fellow and John Burroughs Award–winner Safina (Song for the Blue Ocean) presents an impassioned account of the plight of ocean-dwelling turtles, especially the largest, the leatherback, "the closest thing we have to … see full wiki

Author: Carl Safina
Genre: Science & Nature
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Date Published: May 29, 2007
1 review about Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the...

Well-written, fascinating accounts

  • Jul 22, 2006
This book is very well-written and entertaining. Mr. Safina knows some interesting people doing interesting work on leatherbacks. He provides a good account of leatherback biology and population statistics (his description of how they stay warm in cold water is particularly good). He covers all of the sea turtle species to some degree, but keeps his focus on leatherbacks.

However, if you are looking just for a few facts and figures on sea turtles, you are missing much of what this book has to offer. Mr. Safina spends much time showing readers the insides of the industries, fishermen, coastal villages, and other people who affect sea turtles. For someone who does not live near the sea, having a narrator sailing with real American fishermen in the 21st century, giving voice to their views, was a real eye-opener. Furthermore, Mr. Safina touched upon the role of other institutions, from law to religion, that affect the sea turtles. Fortunately, Mr. Safina understands these people and various aspects of society, something that makes him a better conservationist and better author.

If you want to learn a lot and be awed by the leatherbacks, read this book.

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