Sea turtle populations around the world are endangered, and in recent years tourism has been a critical element in worldwide efforts to save them. More travelers seek meaningful experiences that bring them close to nature and wildlife, and opportunities to interact with and help sea turtles now exist at locations around the globe, from remote beaches to urban labs.
In A Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles, a scientist, a conservationist, and a journalist have come together to provide a guide to the places where people can view sea turtles and participate in authentic conservation projects.
Covering five continents and including the South Pacific and Caribbean, the authors direct readers to the parks, reserves, and research sites where they can responsibly observe turtles in the wild, especially nesting beaches where people can see female sea turtles lay eggs and hatchlings make their harrowing journey from nest to sea. Options for on-site lodging and other amenities are included, if available, as well as details of other nearby attractions that travelers may wish to include in their itineraries.
WALLACE J. NICHOLS is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences. He is past president of the International Sea Turtles Society and is the author of Blue Mind. He resides in the San Francisco area. BRAD NAHILL, of Beaverton, Oregon, is cofounder and director of SEE Turtles, a nonprofit organization seeking to protect sea turtles and other wildlife through conservation tourism. MELISSA GASKILL is a professional journalist with more than twenty-five years of experience writing about the outdoors, nature, and science. She lives in Austin.
What Readers Are Saying:
"The first of its kind guide will lead readers to the coastal margins of our blue planet where female sea turtles haul themselves out of the sea and onto the beaches every year to beget the cycle of life. These fascinating spectacles are often transformative events that will remain billiantly etched into the minds of those who witness them. you will never forget your first time and you will always want more. This book will fuel a beautiful addiction and generate an addendum to every reader's bucket list." -- Pamela Plotkin