In this comprehensive guide, [Spotila] treats in detail the seven species: green turtles, hawksbills, olive ridleys, Kemp's ridleys, loggerheads, flatbacks, and leatherbacks. Each chapter includes tables of data on where the species is found, population estimates of colonies, and, in some cases, a chronology of conservation efforts... Spotila, fittingly, offers vignettes of conservation projects that provide human interest... Spotila's book is recommended for high school, university, and research-level libraries.
Such enthusiasm is infectious... The accessible text is beautifully illustrated with numerous color photographs. The lay readers will be captivated. The book's review of what scientists know about these charismatic but woefully endangered creatures is substantial enough to interest biologists and conservationists as well.
(Roger Harris American Scientist
Each species gets a chapter with sumptuous photographs, and short personal profiles pay homage to those spearheading conservation efforts.
Sea Turtles is spellbinding, articulate, indispensible and, with its many full-color photos, taken by the world's leading underwater photographers, astonishing.
(Spirit of Aloha
The author is both a leading authority on sea turtles and a talented writer; his passion for the subject is on every page.
An evocative portrait of the seven species and their valiant fight for survival.
This is a great book.
Clearly written and well-illustrated book... provides a helpful primer for nonscientists.
(Larry Evans Charlotte Herald-Tribune
It is this mixture of scientific expertise and outright human awe that makes this book such a treasure... A trove of information, a collection of spectacular photos, and an ode to a creature that somehow, years after its birth, is able to navigate back to the precise beach where it was born to lay its own eggs.
Bottom line: This book is worthy of centerpiece placement on any coffee table. But Sea Turtles' loftier goal make it more than just another pretty picture book.
(Mary Beth Regan Baltimore Sun
Sea Turtles capitalizes on the depth of James Spotila's experience in field and political environments as well as his evident passion for conservation, [producing] an equally compelling, modern book. Readers of all stripes will be captivated by the outstanding photography and entertained by the stories... A wonderful entrée into the exciting world of sea turtles for the uninitiated and a delightful repast for everyone. His eloquent words are inspiring, and his hopeful message deserves to be heard.
(Fredric J. Janzen Science
This lavishly produced book is filled with numerous excellent photographs, as well as beautiful schematics of anatomy and distribution maps. But this is much more than a coffee-table book: it deserves space on the academic's bookshelf.
(Graeme C. Hays Nature
Open this new, beautifully produced book and you'll find yourself hopelessly caught up in the life of sea turtles.
This is simply a great book: lucid, literate, and lavishly illustrated.
(Tony Tucker Aquatic Mammals
This volume hits the sweet spot between a hard science manual and a mere coffee table book.
(Michael Stachowitsch Marine Ecology
A worldwide study into what is causing the decrease in sea turtles throughout the world. Going beyond just what is causing it, though, [Spotila] carefully explicates why the decline is so important to all living things.
(Black Sheep Dances