Efforts of J. Nichols '89 to Protect Sea Turtle Eggs Praised in California Newspaper
October 5, 2009
October 5, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — An agreement that will save approximately 250,000 sea turtle hatchlings in Indonesia -- which was orchestrated by marine biologist and 1989 DePauw University graduate Wallace J. Nichols -- is the subject of a story in California's Santa Cruz Sentinel. Dr. Nichols convinced local residents to stop collecting turtle eggs along beaches where the population of sea turtles has "declined during peak season from more than 80 turtles per night to fewer than 20," reports Dan Haifley.
"Graceful and deliberate, sea turtles tend our ocean lagoons and coral reefs, returning to land to lay their eggs. In the South China Sea, Indonesia's 250-island Anambas chain, some distance from this week's tragic earthquake, includes the half-mile-long Durai Island. This island is where most of the region's sea turtles nest -- a practice that could have come to an end. But thanks in part to the involvement of California scientist and activist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, successful nesting in the Anambas will continue -- as will the turtles' key role in the area's reef and marine systems."
The complete article may be accessed at the newspaper's Web site.
J. Nichols, who is known by his middle initial, is co-founder of Ocean Revolution and a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences. He was seen in Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary, The 11th Hour and recently joined the board of directors of Save Our Shores, a non-profit marine conservation organization in Santa Cruz, California.
The scientist was one of the participants in DePauw Discourse 2007, which examined environmental issues. A summary of his remarks -- including video and audio clips -- can be found in this previous story.