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PV Biologist to be Profiled on CNN's 'Heroes' Segment
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August 24, 2010

Turtle video shot by Puerto Vallarta's Aviana Productions, which produced a pro bono piece on Oscar Aranda last year, is used in the CNN Hero segment that will air multiple times through the weekend.
Puerto Vallarta marine biologist Oscar Aranda Mena, who heads the Sociedad Ecologica de Occidente - known locally for its sea turtle hatchery and conservation efforts - will be going global this Thursday by being featured on CNN's "Heroes" news segment.

Each year the 36-year-old Vallarta resident spends the turtle hatching season protecting the endangered turtles and their eggs, working around-the-clock to help ensure the turtles' survival in the bay.

Banderas Bay is home to thousands of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, whom each year return to the beaches on which they were born to lay their eggs - one of Vallarta's most visible and interesting ecological cycles. The hatching season takes place between late June and November. Hundreds of thousands of baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the bay, where 95% will be eaten by predators within 24 hours.

CNN chose to feature Aranda as one of its Heroes due to the biologist's strong dedication to saving the turtles. Aranda, who can be found manning the turtle hatcheries from dusk to dawn, has dedicated himself to the annual ritual since 2000. He is a graduate of the University of Guadalajara.

The CNN Hero segment featuring Aranda on Vallarta's beaches will air beginning Thursday on CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español. It will air multiple times through the weekend.

CNN also used turtle video shot by Puerto Vallarta's Aviana Productions, which produced a pro bono piece on Aranda and the sea turtle charity last year. "Oscar works incredibly long, hard hours, to try to bring the sea turtle population back in this area," said Sylvia Gomez Duncanson of Aviana Productions. "When you see the video you get just a small taste of what's happening on a much larger scale."

To learn more about Oscar Aranda Mena and his work, please visit

Aviana Productions is a multimedia marketing and consulting company founded by Emmy Award winning television journalists Jon Duncanson and Sylvia Gomez based in Puerto Vallarta & the San Francisco Bay area. For additional information, please call (322) 222-6540 in Mexico, (312) 550-2243 in the US or Canada, send an email to info(at), or visit

Click HERE to learn more about Aviana Productions.

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