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Sea Turtles in the Neighborhood

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Thursday, May 05, 2016


Sea Turtles in the Neighborhood
Sea Turtle in the neighborhood. A San Gabriel River Green Sea Turtle.

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Because they are so accessible to the local folks of Long Beach and the surrounding area I like to refer to the green sea turtles that colonize the San Gabriel River as Urban Sea Turtles.

These are the common man sea turtles. They can be seen by the families riding their bikes along the river, locals fishing the banks and neighborhood folks out for a stroll. They are the green sea turtles that live in the San Gabriel River. An urban river that you would never expect to see a critter that most folks associate with an exotic trip to Hawaii or the Caribbean. Yet here they are. Your friendly neighborhood urban sea turtles.

My wife Pam and I have been taking field notes and photographs of these critters since 2008 for the Aquarium of the Pacific and the National Marine Fisheries Service. What is cool about these aquatic critters is that they are a great introduction to endangered wildlife. People that may have only known about green sea turtles from Crush and Squirt in Finding Nemo can see the the real live animal in their own backyard. I think it gives folks a feeling of pride and a sense of responsibility that a wonderful creature such as this as chosen to live amongst them. Some local people may have even decide to become part of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Citizen Scientist Project that is helping to learn more about these local animals.

Check out the video of these Urban Sea Turtles.

Sea Turtles in the Neighborhood
Pam taking field notes on the sea turtles of the San Gabriel River.
Sea Turtles in the Neighborhood
These urban green sea turtle can easily be seen by the local folks of LA and Orange County.

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