The Turtle Lady of St. Kitts, also known as Dr. Kimberly Stetwart, is already waiting at midnight when an 800-pound leatherback sea turtle crawls awkwardly out of the Caribbean surf and on to the sandy beach. The mother turtle has a job to do, and it’s a vital one: dig a nest where she will lay eggs that will hatch into part of the next generation of leatherbacks. With only one in a thousand of the eggs for this critically endangered species producing an adult sea turtle, the odds are stacked against her and her offspring.
Lying in the sand on the dark beach, Kimberly is hard at work, too: taking samples and measurements from mother turtles, counting eggs as they’re laid, and even relocating vulnerable nests. But sea turtle conservation is about more than beachcombing and observation. It also requires dedication to the turtles as well as to the communities where the nesting sites lie, and where fishing for sea turtles can provide much-needed income—and even food.
Join renowned author and photographer Steve Swinburne on a journey through history to examine the rise of the leatherback and other sea turtles. Learn how they came to be endangered and how they can be saved.
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