Every five days, Roger Hanson goes underwater to see his “kids” — what he calls the Long Beach seahorses he’s been building homes for and tracking for years. https://lat.ms/2Jn3af6
His seahorse story dates back to 2000, when a diving experience — and a whale — altered him deeply, leading to his encounter with the seahorses. https://lat.ms/2Jn3af6
Hanson has since picked up another diving partner, military veteran Ashley Arnold, and started building the seahorses protective homes with old sunken toys, brush and twigs. https://lat.ms/2Jn3af6
“All the irritation on the surface disappears when you go under the water,” military vet and fellow diver Ashley Arnold said. https://lat.ms/2Jn3af6
Hanson keeps a log of notes, like water temperature, visibility and UV ray strength, and has begun to establish himself among seahorse researchers, especially because of the lack of Pacific seahorses this far north. https://lat.ms/2Jn3af6
Diving off Long Beach can be challenging, but if Hanson wants to show you his underwater world, nothing will stop him. Read more in this story from @DeborahNetburn, with photos by @Carolyn_Cole. https://lat.ms/2Jn3af6
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