Fire in the Turtle House: The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean

Fire in the Turtle House: The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean

Fire in the Turtle House: The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean

Fire in the Turtle House: The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean

Synopsis

Award-winning journalist tells the gripping story of a mysterious, deadly infection that is killing off one of the ocean's most beloved & ancient creatures--and what it means about the fate of the oceans.

Excerpt

Forty feet deep in the shimmering waters off the west coast of Maui, I glide through a school of brilliantly colored fish that parts like a living curtain above a field of blue-gray boulders. The water is warm and clear. There had been a strong southward current running dangerously hard for days through the narrow channel separating Maui from the neighboring island of Moloka'i, but sometime before dawn the flow began to slacken. By 10 o'clock, it abated to a gentle tug.

There is nothing subdued about the sunlight, however. It illuminates everything for a hundred feet around with blinding tropical intensity. Clouds of bluestripe snapper hover around a rock the size of a minivan. An eel pokes its sinewy head out of a hole and then slithers back as my shadow riffles over it.

I am entranced watching a beautiful Picasso triggerfish when Ursula taps me on the arm. Ursula Keuper-Bennett is my dive partner. For nine months each year she teaches elementary school in Toronto, Canada, but every summer for over a decade she and her husband Peter have dived these waters, at a place called the Turtle House. She knows every boulder around, every sandy patch, even many of the individual crea-

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