We are delighted to announce that the volunteers of ARCHELON, while on their morning survey on Sekania on July 21st, discovered the first hatched nest of the 2017 season! Two tiny turtle tracks were found on the sand making their way to the sea. Later on, more hatchlings came out of the same nest, officially signaling the beginning of this year’s hatching season with many new babies to come!
These hatchlings are not only the first of Zakynthos, but the first in whole of Greece.
It is noteworthy that only one or two in a thousand of the hatchlings will make it to adulthood! The sea turtles are photo tactics, which means that they follow the brightest light they can see. Therefore, artificial lights at the back of the beach often disorient them and as a result, they never make it to the sea.
In order to prevent that, ARCHELON volunteers place special shading around nests that are due to hatch. In case you see hatchlings during the day, you can help them by removing the hot sand from in front of them as well as shading them. It’s of extreme importance not to put water on them, as it will confuse them and they will think they have reached the sea. Also, do not attempt to touch or lift them, as the walk from the nest to the seais very important, because it strengthens their flippers in order for them to be able to survive in their first journey.
Information: Anna Lamaj, Project Leader of Zakynthos Project
Phone: +30 6940454976, email: firstname.lastname@example.org