Radio listeners in south central Florida recently got to hear Carol Ruckdeschel on 1430 WLKF, where she talked about sea turtles and the environmental challenges facing these magnificent creatures. The coauthor of the new book SEA TURTLES OF THE ATLANTIC AND GULF COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES, Ruckdeschel is one of the Southeast's foremost authorities on sea turtle conservation.
Though sea turtles have been swimming the seas for 100 million years, they are now on U.S. and international endangered lists. The species covered in this book are the loggerhead, leatherback, Kemp's ridley, green sea turtle, hawksbill, and olive ridley. Chapters on each species cover distribution, habitats, appearance, life history and behavior, and conservation.
Color photos of hatchlings and adults are included, as are migration maps. Equipped with this book, readers will be better able to understand sea turtle biology and support sea turtle conservation efforts.
Carol is based at the Cumberland Island Museum
Lots more sea turtle information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)