Sea turtles populations are being ravaged by fibropapillomatosis, considered by some biologists to be the most serious non-human epidemic. This books tracks the efforts of science to keep turtles from extinction and investigates the general problem of emerging diseases in the marine environment.
Osha Gray Davidson is the author of several books including The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History; and The Enchanted Braid: Coming to Terms with Nature on the Coral Reef, a finalist for the Natural World Book Prize. His work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The New Republic. He currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa.