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Archive: Saving Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles: An Expedition to Costa Rica

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Lauren Harper

From November to March in Costa Rica, endangered leatherback sea turtles emerge from the water and heave their enormous bodies onto the beach to nest. Sixty days later, tiny hatchlings crawl out of the sand to make a treacherous trek to the sea. Because of human impact, leatherback sea turtle populations in this area have declined by 80 percent in the last thirty years. Lauren Harper, senior aquarist in the Aquarium’s Tropical Pacific Gallery, had an opportunity assist The Leatherback Trust with the conservation of these living dinosaurs. In her lecture, Harper will discuss working hands-on with nesting leatherback sea turtles and releasing newborn hatchlings. She will also talk about leatherback sea turtle biology and what we can do to help their population recover.

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This speaking engagement will be streamed live via the web. It is free to view. Times posted are in Pacific Time. Please note that if you tune in early, you may see either a placeholder image or another scheduled guest speaker engagement.


Archived Event Information

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018 | 7:00 PM–8:30 PM

Cost $5 for public; FREE for Aquarium members, seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students with valid ID and advanced reservations.
RSVP (562) 590-3100
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