Leatherback Turtles

Watt, Melanie (Book - 2001)
Leatherback Turtles
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Authors: Watt, Melanie
Title: Leatherback turtles
Publisher: Austin, TX : Raintree Steck-Vaughn, c2001.
Characteristics: 64 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.
Local Note: 6 29 53 109 112 173 203 231 243 262
ISBN: 0817245758
Statement of Responsibility: E. Melanie Watt
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 63) and index.
Subject Headings: Endangered species Juvenile literature. Turtles Juvenile literature. Leatherback turtle Juvenile literature.
Topical Term: Endangered species
Leatherback turtle
LCCN: 2001019504
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With an average weight of about 900 kilograms (2000 pounds) and measuring more than 2.1 metres (seven feet) in length, leatherback turtles are not only the largest turtle species in the world but one of the largest living reptiles as well. And, as this book explains, leatherbacks have existed for at least 200 million years and were alive in the time of the dinosaurs.

Yet today, leatherback turtles are one of the world’s most endangered creatures – and their decline has been remarkably rapid. Pacific leatherback populations have decreased eighty percent in only the past ten years, and Atlantic leatherback populations are dropping quickly as well (with many being killed by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico). If the current rate of decline isn’t stopped, leatherbacks will certainly not be with us much longer.

Many new efforts are being made to protect these unique creatures, and Melanie Watt’s book suggests ways in which we can help other turtle species too.

One of the titles in the “Animals on the Brink” series, this book includes many impressive photos to enhance its concise, well-organized factual content about one of the many endangered animals in our world today.

Being aware of and informed about the plight of endangered animals is important for children - on Earth Day and every other day of the year.


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