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Sea Turtles of the Georgia Coast
The Cumberland Island Museum has published Sea Turtles of the Georgia Coast by Carol Ruckdeschel (Cumberland Island Museum), C. Robert Shoop (University of Rhode Island), and George R. Zug (National Museum of National History, Smithsonian Institution). The 100-page book, includes interesting life history details of sea turtles, including feeding habits and other aspects of their biology.
Written for the general public as well as the scientific community, the text is amplified by numerous drawings and illustrations. A 16-page appendix provides detailed instruction on analyzing specimens to differentiate between species.
The book describes the five species found in the Western North Atlantic: Leatherback, Loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, Green sea turtle, and Hawksbill. Leatherbacks and green sea turtles deposit occasional clutches of eggs in Georgia, but only the Loggerhead nests there regularly. The authors present details of nesting behavior, egg sizes and numbers, and other aspects.
Readers will also learn about problems sea turtles face in Georgia and along the East Coast of the U.S. With diminishing nesting habitat, altered foraging habitat, considerable mortality from commercial fisheries, and hungry feral swine as egg predators, our sea turtles face daunting challenges.
The book provides keys to species identification. Dichotomous keys to turtles both live and dead, intact or partial carcasses, and to certain bones and skulls of all five local species enable the reader to identify any species found in Georgia. Sketches are provided to help clarify distinctions.
- Series: Occasional publications of the Cumberland Island Museum
- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Cumberland Island Museum (March 28, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967938805
- ISBN-13: 978-0967938806
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
All proceeds from your purchase benefit Wild Cumberland.