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Turtle Watch
by George Ancona

On the beach of a small Brazilian town called Praia do Forte, four oceanographers are working to save the endangered sea turtle. The scientists find a turtle's nest, then dig up the eggs and remove them for safekeeping. And when the eggs have hatched, they help the baby turtles make their way to the ocean.

Not long ago the precious turtle eggs might have been uncovered and sold by the fishermen of Praia do Forte. But today these men--and their children--are taking the eggs to the scientists, not to market.


Publisher: Macmillan/Simon & Schuster, 1987
Age Level: 9-12
Language: English
ISBN: 0-02-700910-6
Portuguese Edition, Salamandra Consultoria Editoria S.A., Brazil





Reviews

"On the beach of Praia do Forte, a small Brazilian town, the TAMAR project protects the turtles. During the nesting season the female sea turtles must leave the ocean to lay their eggs on the beach, becoming vulnerable to human and animal predators. TURTLE WATCH details the meticulous scientific tracking used by these oceanographers in their efforts to collect the eggs and monitor their fifty days of incubation. Once the hatchlings are out of their shells they’re quickly returned to the site of their original nest site. “Like little windup toys, their tiny flippers flailing, the hatchlings climb over one another and begin to scramble toward the sea…attracted by the luminous waves of the ocean.” The scientists are assisted in the “save—don’t sell” philosophy by two engaging children, Rosa and Flavio, whose spontaneous vitality is reflected in the photos and well integrated in the text. Additional camera shots reveal a glimpse of the life in Praia do Forte. An entertaining format with genuine child appeal enhances the book’s effectiveness in making a strong case for conservation."
- School Library Journal



Recognition


ALA Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Sciences, 1987


Junior Literary Guild Selection, 1987


New York Academy of Sciences, Children's Science Book Award, 1988


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