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Sea Talk Series
Join us for a complimentary Sea Talk at the Maui Ocean Center on Tuesday, February 22nd. Marine Educator John Mitchell will give a fascinating presentation on Hawaii’s sea turtles, highlighting the two most commonly seen turtles; the green sea turtle and hawksbill sea turtle. Mitchell will discuss the birth and reproduction behaviors of the turtles, along with other issues that face the species, including habitat degradation, disease, tourism and population.
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Time: 6pm, doors open at 5:50pm
Where: Maui Ocean Center
Cost: Complimentary
Reservations: Recommended, call (808) 270-7088.


Sea Talk Series
“Birth, Reproduction and Other Issues Facing Hawaii’s Sea Turtles”
Presented by John Mitchell
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 6pm

February 7, 2011, Ma‘alaea, Maui, HI – Maui Ocean Center will host a complimentary Sea Talk Series on Tuesday, February 22nd at 6pm on “Birth, Reproduction and Other Issues Facing Hawaii’s Sea Turtles” presented by Marine Educator, John Mitchell.

Mitchell’s talk and slideshow presentation will focus on the two most commonly seen turtles in Hawaiian waters; the green sea turtle and the hawksbill sea turtle.  While both species are protected under the Endangered Species Act, they remain threatened and endangered throughout the world.  Mitchell will discuss some of the other issues facing Hawaii’s sea turtles, which include habitat degradation, disease, tourism and population.

About the Speaker
Currently the Program Director for the Maui Nui Digital Bus Program, John Mitchell moved to Maui 10 years ago to pursue a graduate degree in marine ecology and fell in love with island life.  Before working on the Digital Bus project John served as a naturalist, junior high and high school teacher, worked for the Marine Turtle Research Project, and spent five years as the Fish and Habitat Monitoring Coordinator for County of Maui, with the Division of Aquatic Resources.  Prior to moving to Hawaii John worked for eight years with an expedition company as a Captain, research assistant and naturalist traveling from Alaska to Antarctica.

Sea Talks are held in the Open Ocean Exhibit at Maui Ocean Center.  Admission for this event is complimentary.  Reservations are recommended by calling (808) 270-7088.  Entry is through the Aquarium’s front gate beginning at 5:50pm.

The mission of Maui Ocean Center is to foster understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. This state-of-the-art aquarium was named “Top-Rated Attraction in Hawaii” by Zagat Survey U.S. Family Travel Guide, “Best Environmental Attraction” by the readers of The Maui News, and “Best Value Family Attraction in Maui” in Up! Magazine. Open daily from 9 to 5, and from 9 to 6 in July and August. For more information please contact the Maui Ocean Center: 192 Ma‘alaea Road; Ma‘alaea, HI 96793; telephone (808) 270-7000, facsimile (808) 270-7070, email info@mauioceancenter.com or visit www.mauioceancenter.com.

The mission of the Maui Ocean Center is to foster understanding, wonder, and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. Maui Ocean Center was named “Top-Rated Attraction in Hawaii” by Zagat Survey U.S. Family Travel Guide, a “Leader in Responsible Tourism” on the Top 100 Blue List by Islands Magazine, and voted “Best Environmental Attraction” by the readers of The Maui News. This state-of-the-art marine park is centrally located in oceanfront Ma`alaea, within minutes of Maui’s major resort areas, and is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and 9am to 6pm in July and August. For more information please contact the Maui Ocean Center: 192 Ma`alaea Road; Ma`alaea, HI 96793; telephone (808)270-7000, facsimile (808)270-7070, email info@mauioceancenter.com or visit website www.mauioceancenter.com.