May 16, 2010

Sea Turtles of the World

by Doug Perrine

I picked up this book because it caught my eye on the library shelf, sitting right next to Voyage of the Turtle. Where Voyage is a personal narrative, with a lot of information about people who work with sea turtles, their conservation and research efforts, Sea Turtles of the World is mostly just about the turtles. It describes each of the seven sea turtle species: their appearance, diet, habitat and unique traits. It details the turtles' biology and behaviors, and answered the questions I was left with at the end of Voyage. (Such as: do nesting turtles ever dig up the nests of other turtles who already visited the beach? Yes, especially during arribadas when hundreds of turtles congregate to nest at the same time.) I was intrigued to read about ancient turtles in different forms: one with spikes on its back, the giant Archelon, or the meiolaniids, which had horns on their heads. And of course, I loved looking at the pictures. The book was an interesting and informative read, a pleasure to turn through the pages of beautiful photos.

Rating: 4/5 ........ 144 pages, 2003

anyone else read it? I'll add your link here


  1. I'm sure I would enjoy this for the pictures, if for nothing else.

  2. It's so fascinating, learning about all the other creatures out there. How diverse they are and all that. I am glad you enjoyed this book, Jeane. It sounds like the perfect companion to Voyage.

  3. Bermudaonion- the pictures are really what made me pick it up in the first place, they're so gorgeous!

    Literary Feline- I love learning about all the different animals that share our world. This book complimented Voyage of the Turtle perfectly.

  4. Oh Jeane this sounds so wonderful! I have to go see if my library has this. I've formed a real interest in these wonderful creatures lately.


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