|Concerning Decrease Of The Nest Numbers In Zakynthos This Year|
This year’s nesting season in Zakynthos has ended, with the first results showing that 2017 has been the year with the lowest number of nests.
|Public excavation of a Caretta caretta sea turtle nest|
ARCHELON and NMPZ plan a public excavation on Friday 1st of September in front of the Louis Zante Beach Hotel in Laganas.
|The bay of Laganas in Zakynthos is now dangerous to sea turtles|
On the 15th August ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece was informed of another incident of a dead turtle in the bay of Laganas in Zakynthos. Unfortunately, since May, more than 20 cases of dead turtles have been recorded by ARCHELON, of which 11 have been recorded in the marine area of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. ARCHELON volunteers found the dead turtle at the port of Agios Sostis. This was a young male animal, which had severe blows on the shell and on the head from a boat collision.
|The rehabilitation of «Adonis»|
A sea turtle named “Adonis”, after a three month stay in ARCHELON’s Rescue Center in Athens, went back to its natural habitat. “Adonis” is a juvenile sea turtle that weighs 22kg and is about 50cm long. It was transferred there on May 20th 2017 with plastic ingestion. There with the help of our volunteers and specialized veterinarians it was fully rehabilitated.
|Stop feeding the Caretta caretta in Zakynthos|
This summer the feeding of sea turtles with fruits and vegetables in Laganas Bay in Zakynthos is a major threat and cause of disturbance for this protected species. The Phenomenon was first recorded in the marine area of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos in September 2016. Unfortunately, it is being recorded to a much greater extent this year, from eco-tour and privately rented boats, in order to attract the wild animals by throwing fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes and peaches, to take clear photographs.
|The first nest of a Caretta caretta in Greece has hatched in Zakynthos|
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!
|The Cretan hospitality has welcomed the first nest of 2017|
After a long waiting, restless efforts and patience the researchers of ARCHELON in Rethymno, recorded on 4 June in the morning, the first nest of 2017 in Crete, in the region Sfakaki.
|The first Caretta caretta nest for 2017 in Lakonikos bay|
During the early morning of Wednesday, 31st May 2017, the first Caretta caretta nest was laid in Lakonikos bay, and more specifically on the beach of Mavrovouni.
|Dead sea turtle in Zakynthos|
The team found this very recently dead loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta which had ingested a large long-line fishing hook that had become lodged in the turtles throat. Worldwide, and in the Mediterranean, interactions with coastal fisheries are the greatest cause of death for sea turtles.
|The first nest of loggerhead sea turtle in the Peloponnese!|
On the very early hours of Monday, May 22nd, during morning survey, the volunteers of ARCEHLON located the first Caretta caretta nest in Kyparissiakos bay and more specifically near the Vounaki area.
|The first nest of Caretta- Caretta in Zakynthos!|
One of the most important events concerning the sea turtle, Caretta- caretta, is the first nest of the season, which was located on the island of Zakynthos on the 16th of May at the Gerakas nesting beach. The first nest was found by volunteers of ARCHELON.
|Public excavation of a Caretta- Caretta sea turtle nest|
ARCHELON, The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, in collaboration with the Management Agency of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos (NMPZ), as part of the awareness program and education of the public, have performed a public excavation on Kalamaki beach, in front of the Crystal hotel on Sunday 9 October.
|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.