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The Seahorses off Long Beach, CA

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Retired teacher Roger Hanson, 68, is enchanted by what he discovers diving. He's built his own seahorse city from palm fronds and pine branches on the seabed of Long Beach bay. If you get him talking about seahorses, he'll tell you exactly how many times he's seen them, describe their personalities in detail, and tell who is dating whom.

Hanson is a retired schoolteacher, not a scientist, but experts say he probably has spent more time with Pacific seahorses than anyone else on Earth.

Over the last three years, Hanson has made the two-hour trek from his home in Moreno Valley to the shoreline of Long Beach to visit his seahorses about every five days. To avoid traffic, he often leaves at 2 a.m. and then sleeps in his car when he arrives....


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