Voyage of the Turtle

Voyage of the Turtle

In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur

By Carl Safina

Holt McDougal, Paperback, 9780805083187, 383pp.

Publication Date: May 29, 2007


"Magnificent . . . A joyful, hopeful book. Safina gives us ample reasons to be enthralled by this astonishing ancient animal and ample reasons to care."
" Los Angeles Times"

As Carl Safina's compelling natural history adventure makes clear, the fate of the leatherback turtle is in our hands. The distressing decline of these ancient sea turtles in Pacific waters and their surprising recovery in the Atlantic illuminate the results both positive and negative of our interventions and the lessons that can be applied, globally, to restore the oceans and their creatures.

We accompany award-winning natural history expert Safina and his colleagues as they track leatherbacks across the world's oceans and onto remote beaches of every continent, including a thrilling journey from Monterey, California, to nesting grounds in Papua, New Guinea. Throughout, in his peerless prose, Safina captures the delicate interaction between these gentle giants and the humans who are playing a significant role in their survival.

About the Author
Carl Safina's work has been recognized with MacArthur, Pew, and Guggenheim Fellowships, and his writing has won Orion, Lannan, and National Academies literary awards and the John Burroughs, James Beard, and George Rabb medals. He has a PhD in ecology from Rutgers University. Safina is the inaugural holder of the endowed chair for nature and humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the steering committee of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and is founding president of the not-for-profit Safina Center. He hosted the 10-part PBS series "Saving the Ocean" with Carl Safina. His writing appears in "The New York Times", "National Geographic", "Audubon", "Orion", " "and other periodicals and on the Web at National Geographic News and Views, Huffington Post, and "Beyond Words" is his seventh book. He lives on Long Island, New York.

Praise For Voyage of the Turtle

"Carl Safina is like some extraordinary astronaut who goes into space and comes back with fantastic tales of other planets and the creatures who inhabit them. Except that the marvelous planet is our own. This is a story of stoicism and wonder that will make the oceans seem that much richer to all who read it."--Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy
"That remarkable voice for the marine realm, Carl Safina, reveals the riveting tale of that most extraordinary creature, the Leatherback Turtle, overlain with the drama and hope of the battle for its conservation. No naturalist or planetary citizen can hope to be complete without Voyage of the Turtle. A fabulous book."--Thomas E. Lovejoy, President, The Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment