Sea Turtles of Southwest Florida
Sea Turtles of Southwest Florida is a book that fits the needs of both the naturalist and the professional biologist. The book introduces previously unpublished information on the history of sea turtle conservation of Florida. A unique series of the author's personal anecdotes are fitted into text boxes at appropriate positions in the easy to read text. More
Sea Turtles of Southwest Florida is a redesigned, revised, and retitled edition of The Loggerhead Turtle in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, which was originally published in 1990. This eBook edition has been completely updated, including the text and captions and numerous additional photographs and graphs have been added. The author has distributed unique narrative text boxes that are packed with selected personal anecdotes of his experiences with sea turtles, their protection, and conservation over his 38-year professional wildlife career.
This book is the result of an intimate, long term, and ongoing investigation into the biology, life history, and conservation of the five species of sea turtles that occur in Southwest Florida. Although Caretta Research, Inc., a project founded and headed by the author, ended in 1991 the work continues on Sanibel and Captiva Islands under the auspices of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation. Sea turtle biology, their ancestry, taxonomy, physiology, diet, reproductive behavior, embryological development, and survival problems are among the subjects discussed. The chapter on embryological development is outstanding. Other chapters deal with the sea turtle's interaction with man, protection of these Endangered and Threatened Species in Florida, and the important work of the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network.