Συλλόγου για την Προστασία της Θαλάσσιας Χελώνας, ΑΡΧΕΛΩΝ

 

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Sponsor an Amvrakikos turtle!

Even though sea turtles spend most of their time at sea in foraging areas, information on these particular locations is sparse. The main reason is the difficulty in locating and accessing these sites contrary to the nesting areas, where monitoring tracks of emerged nesting turtles is relatively easy.

Information on foraging areas is usually gathered through the interaction of turtles with fisheries. ARCHELON, through close cooperation with fishermen, has discovered some important foraging sites within Greece such as: Lakonikos Bay, Amvrakikos Bay and the northern Aegean Sea. Lakonikos Bay has proven to be not only a foraging area for loggerhead turtles but also a developmental area of the rare green turtle (Chelonia mydas), whose nesting sites in the Mediterranean are located in Turkey, Cyprus and Syria.

In 2002 ARCHELON initiated its first telemetry project, in Amvrakikos Bay. It provided interesting results, including tracking of a loggerhead from the Bay for over 2,000 km to the shores of Syria and Turkey. The results from this study are being analysed and will shed light into the migratory and foraging habits of sea turtles not studied before in Greece.

An on-going research programme, which began in 2004, evolved from the telemetry project. Researchers now catch sea turtles by hand in the shallow waters of the Bay. The turtles are measured, photographed and tagged and samples are taken for genetic analysis. The size and structure of the population and growth rates of individuals are expected to be assessed by this programme; facts that are important in understanding the ecology of loggerhead turtles in Greece, the Mediterranean and wider.

Sponsor an Amvrakikos turtle!

Adopting one of these study turtles will directly support the continuation of the project which running costs include transport and accommodation for the research team and vehicle repair and maintenance in addition to logistical and administrative support.

Sponsorship is for life!

  • Sponsoring a turtle uniquely identifies the turtle to you!
  • You can name your turtle!
  • Turtles available for sponsorship will already have observations from at least 2 years
  • You will receive e-mail updates if and when your turtle is seen at any time after your sponsorship starts...

Sponsors packs contain:

  • Large glossy photo of the turtle you have sponsored
  • Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Details of the turtle's observation history

::. Sponsor an Amvrakikos turtle now!