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Cover: The front cover images include five of the six species of sea turtles found in U.S. waters (from top to bottom and left to right): leatherback (provided by Guillaume Feuillet, Association Kwata), Kemp’s ridley (provided by Selina Heppell, Oregon State University), hawksbill (provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), olive ridley (provided by Guillaume Feuillet, Association Kwata), and green (provided by Claire Fackler, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). The back cover image is the sixth species, which is the loggerhead (provided by William Precht, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

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