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 Goodbye Caretta “Dina”...
We are referring to sea turtle “Dina”. Since her arrival on the 23rd August 2010 she received various courses of antibiotics. Over the last 15 months volunteers have spent time looking after her and treating her. Tubefeeding her was always a challenge and a burden at times. She hadnt shown any positive improvements since her arrival.

 European Conference on Quality in Volunteering
The 200 participants – representatives from many European volunteer organizations, governmental agencies and businesses with Corporate Social Responsibility programs – had the opportunity to share their experiences and the problems faced by their organizations as well as to learn from the experiences of other groups. Possible next steps to support volunteering in Europe were also explored. ARCHELON was represented by Theodoros Benos-Palmer, who coordinated the discussion group Institutional Framework and Volunteers.


 “Lara”, “Lena” and “Nikolas”, free again!!!
While winter approaches and the sea temperature drops below 18 C, we do our best to return as many sea turtles as we can to their natural environment, instead of having them spend the rest of the cold season in the rehabilitation tanks of the Rescue Centre.
So, a little before the end of November, three sea turtles who were saved by responsible citizens in different parts of the country, happily returned to their deep blue home.

 Running the Marathon for Caretta caretta
Dionysios Arvanitakis ran in the 29th Classic Athens Marathon (2011) to support ARCHELON and to make the message written on his T-shirt known everywhere:
We can live together.

 The EVS Volunteers of the Sea Turtle Rescue Center
ARCHELON hosts “European Volunteers EVS” volunteers who are our long term volunteers. This European programme gives the chance to volunteers to stay for long period while at the same time covers their main expenses, so it gives the opportunity for a longer participation. It also gives them a unique chance to learn the Greek language. Many of them when they go back to their country they miss so much their lifetime in ARCHELON that they come back as regular volunteers.

 And they lived happily ever after...!
Ive been a part-time volunteer at the Glyfada Rescue Center since July 2011, and its been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. During my time at the RC, Ive seen a lot of turtles come in, many of which appear to have been deliberately and cruelly injured by people. Some of them didnt make it, while others are struggling to survive. However, there were a number of success stories which give everyone the strength to continue. Two turtles, Andreas and Penelope, were recently given the green light to be released, and so on the big day, a small caravan of cars filled with volunteers made their way to the release site.

 ARCHELON member at the Board of the International Sea Turtle Society
A great success of ARCHELON and Greece! Aliki Panagopoulou, long-time member and until recently Programme Coordinator of ARCHELON, was elected at the Board of the International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS)

 4th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles
This year, the 4th Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles, an important regional event, took place in Naples, Italy from the 7th to the 10th of November 2011. It was very interesting to meet and discuss common issues and solutions with our Mediterranean colleagues. Often, through collaboration and cooperation we can improve our respective conservation strategies. Over 150 people from 17 different countries attended this meeting combining all areas and specialty so specific to this region.
Dimitris Margaritoulis, Aliki Panagopoulou, Smaro Touliatou, Paul Tsaros, Nikos Vallianos and Alan Rees were there representing ARCHELON as well as Marianna, Anja and Sara, three volunteers from the Rescue Centre in Glyfada.

 October ends with two more releases

October 31st is the celebration of Halloween and also a perfect occasion to release two more of our rehabilitated turtles.
“Petros” was a lucky juvenile loggerhead that was rescued within the harbor of Piraeus on the 17th May 2011 and diagnosed with two injured flippers.
The other juvenile turtle, “Achilleas” was found in Mykonos a couple of days before “Petros”. He had swallowed two hooks...

 More good news from the Rescue Center

On 7 October 2011, a cloudy Friday afternoon, four of the turtles – all young ones – were released into the sea by the RC Coordinator and volunteers. The Aqua Divers Club, who are supporters of ARCHELON, kindly transported everyone to the release site in their boat.

 We save dozens of sea injured sea turtles every year

With the help of the public and some responsible fishermen, both of them members of the Archelon National Rescue Network, we are able to save dozens of sea injured sea turtles every year.

 Another perfect moment in our struggle to save them all...

On Monday 10th of October we drove down the coast to the beach of Legrena where we watched “Giorgos” crawl back into the sea.

 Volunteer note on leavers book

.... Life is fragile, and looking at a struggling hatchling stuck on his back really puts things into perspective. It is sort of an analogy for what we as humans need to do. We've made these problems for ourselves, but if we work together, it is possible to flip that baby hatchling right side up, and I hope that ARCHELON continues to grow and protect these turtles for many years to come....

 ARCHELON at the Wonder Festival

Forty-nine volunteer organizations who believe in what they do got together on Sunday, 2 October, at Technopolis in Gazi, Athens for the Wonder Festival,
a meeting of big and small wonders.
ARCHELON was there with its volunteers and staff.

 Illegal breakwater at Marathonisi demolished

A very large, unauthorized underwater structure made of steel mesh and rocks – an illegal breakwater – which had been erected without any environmental impact study at Marathonisi, Zakynthos, was demolished because it threatened to erode and destroy a part of an important Caretta caretta nesting beach.