|Joanne, what’s new at the Rescue Centre? - 16/01/2012|
|All’s quiet at the Rescue Center|
It’s a strange feeling to see the six, big outdoor tanks empty and drained, and the rest of the yard cleared of smaller tanks, which are all stacked neatly at one side of the yard. Up until recently, all the tanks were constantly in use: the big tanks for those turtles ready to be released and the smaller tanks put into service for the record number of injured turtles 74 which had been treated at the Center this year.
However, the empty tanks are a positive sign, since 33 turtles recovered and were released, hopefully doing well back in the sea.
There are still 18 turtles being treated at the Center, safe and warm inside the intensive care unit. You can visit the turtles on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., when the Center is open to the public. Schools can also arrange for class visits by appointment.
During the short period of warm, sunny weather we recently enjoyed, another turtle was released: “Manolis”, a 61-kilo male with a carapace length of 77.5 cm who had come to the RC on 20 July from Santorini with a missing right front flipper and a head injury. You can see a video of the release at http://youtu.be/Wh6_EKPDS4A
Many thanks to the Aqua Divers Club for their constant support of ARCHELON.
And best wishes to “Manolis” for a safe, healthy life far away from fishing nets!
Unfortunately, “Giannoula” from Neapoli, the most recent arrival at the Center, did not manage to survive. She had a very severe and deep head injury, deliberately inflicted by human hands. The wound was kept clean and infection-free, and she received a course of antibiotics and drips. However, the damage done was too great.
First Sponsors of the Year
Artemis, Nikolas and Giorgos had visited the RC with their parents at the weekend. They were very interested in everything that Pavlo, the RC Co-ordinator, told them about the turtles, what they eat, and the fact that people could donate fish for them. Several days later, the children returned to the RC with a selection of fish – they had remembered everything Pavlo had told them and bought those items! Many thanks to the children and their parents.
Many thanks to Maria Mastrogiannakou from Lakonia, for pointing out an error in last week’s report: “Giannoula” had been brought to the RC by car and bus from Neapoli, southern Peloponnese, and not from Evia. We would like to thank her for helping out on many occasions and looking after the turtles of Lakonia.
Did you know ... ?
There are two theories about how Caretta caretta turtles choose the places where they make their nests: 1) turtles ‘remember’ the place where they had hatched and return there when it is time to lay their eggs, and 2) first-time, inexperienced nesters follow more experienced turtles to a nesting beach and then always return to that same beach in future years.
That’s it for now ... more next week