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Community Celebrates Life of Oceanographer Tony Amos

Community Celebrates Life of Oceanographer Tony Amos

​Hundreds gathered in Port Aransas to celebrate the life of Tony Amos and watched as a rescued sea turtle, carrying the ashes of the oceanographer, was released back into the Gulf of Mexico.

Amos, known as the "Guardian of the Gulf," was an oceanographer at the The University of Texas Marine Science Institute. He was also a known educator for wildlife conservation who dedicated his life to rescuing sea turtles and birds.

He passed away on Sept. 4 at the age of 80 from complications of pancreatic cancer.

Amos was the founder and director of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK), a facility for helping injured sea turtles and aquatic birds. ARK was recently renamed the Amos Rehabilitation Keep. Over the course of 25 years, he and his team had rescued over 2,500 sea turtles and gathered essential information on factors that contributed to aquatic life becoming stranded on beaches.

His passion and enthusiasm for conservation both inspired his fellow colleagues and cultivated the public's interest in coastal wildlife, and his legacy will continue to live on through the many lives he touched. 

Read more:

Sea turtle carries ashes of "Guardian of the Gulf" to Gulf of Mexico, CBS News

Scientist's ashes sent asea, Houston Chronicle

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