Perhaps it's fitting that California lawmakers are honoring something that spends much of its time under water.
The state that has nearly drowned in red ink in recent years may soon have an official marine reptile.
The honor would go to drum roll, please the Pacific leatherback sea turtle, under a proposed state law that cleared its final house of the Legislature last week and was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
Only Brown's signature stands between leatherbacks and a seagoing turtle celebration that could prove, once and for all, whether the endangered 8-foot-long, 2,000- pound creature really can devour 230 pounds of jellyfish in an hour.
Assembly Bill 1776, by Democratic Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino, also calls for every Oct. 15, beginning in 2013, to be designated as Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day.
Public schools would be encouraged to incorporate Pacific leatherbacks into their teaching lessons that day, so students can celebrate the flippered foragers that have survived since ancient times.
Jellyfish need not participate.
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