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  • The Leatherback Turtle: Biology and Conservation
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  • edited by James R. Spotila and Pilar Santidrián Tomillo
  • 2015
  • Published by: Johns Hopkins University Press
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The most comprehensive book ever written on leatherback sea turtles.Weighing as much as 2,000 pounds and reaching lengths of over seven feet, leatherback turtles are the world’s largest reptile. These unusual sea turtles have a thick, pliable shell that helps them to withstand great depths—they can swim more than one thousand meters below the surface in search of food. And what food source sustains these goliaths? Their diet consists almost exclusively of jellyfish, a meal they crisscross the oceans to find. Leatherbacks have been declining in recent decades, and some predict they will be gone by the end of this century. Why? Because of two primary factors: human redevelopment of nesting beaches and commercial fishing. There are only twenty-nine index beaches in the world where these turtles nest, and there is immense pressure to develop most of them into homes or resorts. At the same time, longline and gill net fisheries continue to overwhelm waters frequented by leatherbacks. In The Leatherback Turtle, James R. Spotila and Pilar Santidrián Tomillo bring together the world’s leading experts to produce a volume that reveals the biology of the leatherback while putting a spotlight on the conservation problems and solutions related to the species. The book leaves us with options: embark on the conservation strategy laid out within its pages and save one of nature’s most splendid creations, or watch yet another magnificent species disappear.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Part I. BIOLOGY
  1. 1 Introduction: Phylogeny and Evolutionary Biology of the Leatherback Turtle
  2. PETER C. H. PRITCHARD
  3. pp. 5-9
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  1. 2 Phylogeny, Phylogeography, and Populations of the Leatherback Turtle
  2. PETER H. DUTTON, KARTIK SHANKER
  3. pp. 10-22
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  1. 3 Diving Behavior and Physiology of the Leatherback Turtle
  2. NATHAN J. ROBINSON, FRANK V. PALADINO
  3. pp. 23-33
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  1. 4 Anatomy of the Leatherback Turtle
  2. JEANETTE WYNEKEN
  3. pp. 34-50
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  1. Part II. LIFE HISTORY AND REPRODUCTION
  1. 5 Reproductive Biology of the Leatherback Turtle
  2. DAVID C. ROSTAL
  3. pp. 53-64
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  1. 6 Nesting Ecology and Reproductive Investment of the Leatherback Turtle
  2. KAREN L. ECKERT, BRYAN P. WALLACE, JAMES R. SPOTILA, BARBARA A. BELL
  3. pp. 65-75
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  1. 7 Egg Development and Hatchling Output of the Leatherback Turtle
  2. PILAR SANTIDRIÁN TOMILLO, JENNIFER SWIGGS
  3. pp. 76-85
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  1. 8 Sex Determination and Hatchling Sex Ratios of the Leatherback Turtle
  2. CHRISTOPHER A. BINCKLEY, JAMES R. SPOTILA
  3. pp. 86-96
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  1. Part III. POPULATION STATUS AND TRENDS
  1. 9 Leatherback Turtle Populations in the Atlantic Ocean
  2. MARC GIRONDOT
  3. pp. 99-111
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  1. 10 Leatherback Turtle Populations in the Pacific Ocean
  2. SCOTT R. BENSON, RICARDO F. TAPILATU, NICOLAS PILCHER, PILAR SANTIDRIÁN TOMILLO, LAURA SARTI MARTÍNEZ
  3. pp. 112-124
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  1. 11 Leatherback Turtle Populations in the Indian Ocean
  2. RONEL NEL, KARTIK SHANKER, GEORGE HUGHES
  3. pp. 125-134
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  1. Part IV. FROM EGG TO ADULTHOOD
  1. 12 Leatherback Turtle Eggs and Nests, and Their Effects on Embryonic Development
  2. PAUL R. SOTHERLAND, BRYAN P. WALLACE, JAMES R. SPOTILA
  3. pp. 137-150
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  1. 13 Leatherback Turtle Physiological Ecology: Implications for Bioenergetics and Population Dynamics
  2. BRYAN P. WALLACE, T. TODD JONES
  3. pp. 151-163
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  1. 14 Movements and Behavior of Adult and Juvenile Leatherback Turtles
  2. GEORGE L. SHILLINGER, HELEN BAILEY
  3. pp. 164-174
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  1. 15 Relation of Marine Primary Productivity to Leatherback Turtle Biology and Behavior
  2. VINCENT S. SABA, CHARLES A. STOCK, JOHN P, DUNNE
  3. pp. 175-184
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  1. Part V. THE FUTURE OF THE LEATHERBACK TURTLE
  1. 16 Warming Climate: A New Threat to the Leatherback Turtle
  2. JAMES R. SPOTILA, VINCENT S. SABA, SAMIR H. PATEL, PILAR SANTIDRIÁN TOMILLO
  3. pp. 187-197
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  1. 17 Impacts of Fisheries on the Leatherback Turtle
  2. BRYAN P. WALLACE, SARA M. MAXWELL
  3. pp. 198-210
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  1. 18 Conclusion: Problems and Solutions
  2. JAMES R. SPOTILA, PILAR SANTIDRIÁN TOMILLO
  3. pp. 211-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-222
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  1. Image Plates
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