SAAMBR's first Living Legends Series honours Dr George Hughes

  • 10 February 2017 | Judy Mann, SAAMBR conservation strategist | Category: Research

The first of SAAMBR’s Living Legends Series was celebrated last week with a captivating presentation by living legend Dr George Hughes. Dr Hughes, best known for his work in turtle research and his role as a past CEO of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, provided fascinating insight into the history of turtle research in South Africa.

In a presentation covering 40 years of work, he took the audience back to the early days, when horses were used as transport along the Kosi Bay beaches, and forward to the most recent research, which reveals the incredible distances travelled by turtles.

SAAMBR conservation strategist Judy Mann (right) presents Dr George Hughes with his Living Legends Series award. (Image: uShaka Sea World)

Balancing research results with interesting personal anecdotes relating to the many people he has worked with over the years, Dr Hughes gave the rapt audience a glimpse into a bygone age, and insight into what the future holds for conservation.

The Living Legends Series of talks, to be held over the first six months of 2017, pays tribute to individuals who have, for many years, contributed to marine research, awareness and conservation. By dedicating their lives to the conservation of the marine environment, these ocean champions have also contributed to the success of SAAMBR in myriad different ways. As its name indicates, the aim of the series is to honour these living legends in their own lifetime.

On the first Thursday of each month from 4pm (for 4.30pm), a nominated living legend will share with interested attendees their life story, lessons learned along the way, and interesting views on our marine environment.

The next living legend to be celebrated is Dennis King, well-known underwater photographer and author of a number of identification guides to reef fishes in South Africa. He will be presenting on 2 March at the conference centre at SAAMBR, which is at the uShaka Sea World precinct.

The Living Legends Series of presentations is open to the public, but booking is essential. If you would like to attend please RSVP to reception@saambr.org.za or call +27 (0)31 328 8222. Entry is free.

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