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Leatherback Sea Turtles

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.


Event Information
When 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.
Tickets You can purchase tickets online for this lecture. You will need to select the option from the menu, correct time, and date on the following pages. Seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students attending for free can also reserve seats online.
RSVP (562) 590-3100
Links View past lecture videos