In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur
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The story of an ancient sea turtle and what its survival
says about our future, from the award-winning writer and
Though nature is indifferent to the struggles of her
creatures, the human effect on them is often premeditated.
The distressing decline of sea turtles in Pacific waters and
their surprising recovery in the Atlantic illuminate what
can go both wrong and right from our interventions, and
teach us the lessons that can be applied to restore health
to the worldĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s oceans and its creatures. As Carl SafinaĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s
compelling natural history adventure makes clear, the fate
of the astonishing leatherback turtle, whose ancestry can be
traced back 125 million years, is in our hands.
Writing with verve and color, Safina describes how he and
his colleagues track giant pelagic turtles across the
worldĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s oceans and onto remote beaches of every continent.
As scientists apply lessons learned in the Atlantic and
Caribbean to other endangered seas, Safina follows
leatherback migrations, including a thrilling journey from
Monterey, California, to nesting grounds on the most remote
beaches of Papua, New Guinea. The only surviving species of
its genus, family, and suborder, the leatherback is an
evolutionary marvel: a Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“reptileĂ˘â‚¬Âť that behaves like a
warm-blooded dinosaur, an ocean animal able to withstand
colder water than most fishes and dive deeper than any whale.
In his peerless prose, Safina captures the delicate
interaction between these gentle giants and the humans who
are finally playing a significant role in their survival.
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