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Helen Scales

Seahorses may be tiny and timid, but they are some of the most captivating of all the oceans’ inhabitants. For millennia, these curious creatures have wound their way into myths and stories, and for even longer they’ve lived extraordinary lives beneath the waves.

Marine biologist Dr. Helen Scales will discuss why seahorses are so hard to spot, how they dance every day, and how they came to be the only animals in the world in which males give birth. She will also address how seahorses are endangered by modern threats rooted in ancient beliefs.

Dr. Scales is a marine biologist, broadcaster, and writer based in Cambridge, England. She is the author of Poseidon’s Steed: The Story of Seahorses, From Myth to Reality and Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells. She is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Poseidon's Steed

Spirals in Time

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This speaking engagement will be streamed live via the web. It's free and you can participate in the Q&A session at the end via Twitter. 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.

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The Story of Seahorses: From Myth to Reality
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Archived Event Information

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016 | 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.
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A live web broadcast of this lecture is available to the public. Submit your questions and comments with your own Twitter account. @AquariumPacific and tag your question with #aopscales for a chance to have your question answered at the end during the question and answer session.