July 29th, 2011
02:46 PM ET
It looks like former "Lost" star Ian Somerhalder was influenced by all that time on the island.
The animal-loving "Vampire Diaries" actor left Hollywood for Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify before Congress on behalf of Leatherback turtles.
The actor was snapped scooting through Washington D.C.'s Reagan National Airport in a suit, clutching paperwork.
“Looking around the world at these wildlife, it’s abundantly clear that humans have benefited from nature in so many ways but have also brought many species to the brink of extinction,” the actor said during his speech to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources.
In addition to sharing about turtles, the actor also detailed statistics on apes, elephants, tigers and rhinoceroses.
Think Somerhalder was this passionate about the reptiles before "Zombie Kid Likes Turtles" went viral?
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