COLLEGE STATION—Sea turtle populations around the world are endangered, and in recent years tourism has been a critical element in worldwide efforts to save them. More travelers seek meaningful experiences that bring them close to nature and wildlife, and opportunities to interact with and help sea turtles now exist at locations around the globe, from remote beaches to urban labs.
In “A Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles,” a scientist, a conservationist, and a journalist have come together to provide a guide to the places where people can view sea turtles and participate in authentic conservation projects, a recent Texas A&M University Press release stated.
Covering five continents and including the South Pacific and the Caribbean, the authors direct readers to the parks, reserves, and research sites where they can responsibly observe turtles in the wild, especially nesting beaches where people can see female sea turtles lay eggs and hatchlings make their harrowing journey from nest to sea. Options for on-site lodging and other amenities are included, if available, as well as details of other nearby attractions that travelers may wish to include in their itineraries.
Wallace J. Nichols is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences. He is past president of the International Sea Turtles Society and is the author of “Blue Mind.” He resides in the San Francisco area.
Brad Nahill, of Beaverton, Ore., is co-founder and director of SEE Turtles, a nonprofit organization seeking to protect sea turtles and other wildlife through conservation tourism.
Melissa Gaskill is a professional journalist with more than 25 years of experience writing about the outdoors, nature and science. She resides in Austin.
The book is $25. It’s available at www.tamupress.com.