Leatherback Turtles

Watt, Melanie

Book - 2001
Leatherback Turtles

Publisher: Austin, TX : Raintree Steck-Vaughn, c2001.
ISBN: 0817245758
Characteristics: 64 p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.


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Apr 16, 2014

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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