July 31, 2013
The Aquarium of the Pacific has organized a citizen science project to monitor a population of green sea turtles living in the San Gabriel River in Long Beach. The Aquarium has partnered with representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service, the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, consulting firm Tidal Influence, and California State University, Long Beach for this project.
Experts theorize that the turtles inhabit this area because they are attracted to the warm water outfalls near the power plants, but scientists do not yet have firm conclusions to explain their presence. This project will monitor the turtles and gather more information.