An evolutionary marvel, the single surviving species of its genus and family, the leatherback turtle is a reptile that behaves like a warm-blooded dinosaur—males weigh up to 2,000 pounds—and is able to withstand colder water than most fishes and dive deeper than any whale. Though its ancestry can be traced back 125 million years, the leatherback's uncertain future is now in our hands. Today sea turtle populations are in freefall in Pacific waters, while Atlantic numbers are on the rise. Carl Safina's eye-opening investigation into the leatherback's complex life cycle is at the heart of this compelling narrative.
We are invited to accompany the author and his colleagues as they research the pelagic giant's unique natural history, gauge the effects of human intervention, and track the sea turtle's migrations across the world's oceans to remote beaches on every continent. To this end, we follow the leatherback by sea and satellite, including an exhilarating six-thousand-mile Pacific journey from Monterey, California, to newly discovered nesting grounds in the wilderness of New Guinea.
Voyage of the Turtle captures the delicate interaction between the ancient giants and the people who are playing significant roles in the leatherback's survival. Safina's stories remind us how deeply interconnected are our actions with all life on earth.