THE COASTAL BEND MAGAZINE • January/February 2018 49 48 THE COASTAL BEND MAGAZINE • January/February 2018 T ony Amos was the very portrait of the man whom you would expect to serve as savior of the seas, guardian of the gulf. The tall, lanky Briton wore a flowing white beard and spoke in a commanding tone of proper, Queen’s English, seemingly uncorrupted even after four decades in South Texas. Tony followed his wife Lynn to the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas in 1976, leaving their home in New York where they worked at Columbia University’s Lamont Geo- logical Observatory, Tony as an accomplished oceanographic researcher. “I enjoyed seasons and snow, and forests, hills and streams. There was none of that here,” Amos said to me in my last interview with him in 2005. “But one day I identified forty-four species of birds in a single migration event,” he added. “And I decided it was not such a bad place after all.” Forty-one years later, after embracing the community that embraced the Amos’, even while living through the shock and pain of Hurricane Harvey, Port A gathered to Tony Amos photographed in 2005 holding a baby Green Turtle at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (“The ARK”) on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. Paul Iverson photo