|Why we should not feed the sea turtles|
Observing a rare animal in the wild is an experience that fascinates people across all ages and cultures. It reminds us of the beauty and value of our natural environment, but also teaches us the need to protect it.
|The release of the Caretta caretta “Hannah”|
On Sunday September 11, «Hannah», a sea turtle that was found in Laganas Bay returned to the endless blue Ionian Sea.
|Zakynthos, hatchling season is well underway!|
For ARCHELON, hatchling season is well underway with many baby Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) making their first journey to the sea. In Zakynthos, hundreds of hatchlings make it to sea each day where an estimated one to two in a thousand will survive to adulthood after which they return to Laganas Bay to nest.
|The first hatchlings of Zakynthos on Sekania beach|
On the evening of July 17 2016, 13 hatchlings began their dangerous first journey, from their nest to the sea. This was realized on finding their tracks in the sand-a pleasant surprise to the research team of ARCHELON and the NMPZ Management Agency.
|Our excitement is doubled for the Peloponnese, as hatchlings emerge in Kyparissiakos Bay as well as Koroni|
During the night of 12th July, 2016 the first hatchlings of Peloponnese came out of their nests, in Kyparissia and Koroni, and started their journey towards the sea!
|«Jasmin» the Caretta-Caretta was released in Zakynthos|
More than 300 guests and even representatives of the Municipal Authority of the island had the chance to admire the return of a wild animal in its natural habitat.
|As of today, the first hatchlings of 2016 will be swimming in the Cretan waters|
ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece and its team of volunteers in Rethymno city
is pleased to announce the arrival of the first hatchlings, which this year "have chosen" Crete as a starting point of the hatching period. Traces of the first hatchlings were found on Wednesday morning, July 13th, in the area of Adele Rethymnon.
|Celebrating 1000 nests with the release of |
On 12th July a special event takes place at Crystal Beach in Kalamaki, Zakynthos: “Jasmin”, a female Caretta Caretta sea turtle, that had been found injured, is released back into the wild.
|Thanks to volunteer help and public support, “Eleuthir-Leon” is back in the sea swimming free|
“Eleuthir-Leon” is one of the lucky ones: firstly because he was found and secondly because he was immediately taken to the ARCHELON Rescue Centre for treatment. On 11th July dozens of holidaymakers were given the opportunity to watch him make his trip back to the sea which has been his home for all these years.
|Over 1.000 Caretta caretta nests in Southern Kyparissiakos Bay!|
On the 28th of June the number of nests surpassed the 1.000 mark for 2016 in Southern Kyparissiakos Bay. During the last years, ARCHELON’s efforts for the protection of the sea turtles have borne fruit by increasing the number of Caretta caretta nests.
|Small steps towards a better future for the sea turtle on Crete|
In view of the increased business activity during the summer months, ARCHELON volunteers from all around the globe and the local authorities all join the alliance to promote sustainable use of the nesting beaches.
|International Turtle Day 2016 Celebration at ARCHELON|
This year’s event surpassed our expectations from all previous years. The response from so many people was impressive. Their good mood, their touching and encouraging comments about ARCHELON’s work were the motivating force for us to continue in this difficult season.
|City Contact supports ARCHELON|
City Contact supports us again as a media sponsor by publishing articles about ARCHELON’s Rescue Center in Athens Guide for three consecutive issues and with references in their Helaklion Map and Chania-Rethymno Map about the sea turtle protection programs in Crete.
|How good does 2016 promise to be for sea turtles in Crete?|
The beginning of the summer was followed by 2 more nests in Crete. On the nesting beach of Kommos, in the Bay of Messara, on Wednesday 1 June, and on Thursday 2 June, on the Maleme nesting beach in the Gulf of Chania
|A happy ending to “Artemis” story, the time has come for her release!|
“Artemis” was seen swimming weak around Farmakonisi on 28 January 2016. She traveled to Athens with the help of AEGEAN two days later where she was diagnosed with a carapace injury and pneumonia. Today, after four months of treatment she is healthy and ready to return to sea!