| ||19 September: This year’s Environmental Education Programme begins|
The Programme includes a tour of the Center and the tanks with the injured sea turtles, a PowerPoint presentation, a discussion and comments about the causes and the solutions to ecological issues, as well as some surprises for the students and gifts for the classroom (posters, etc.).
Last year, 10,000 students and their escorts honored us by visiting the Center.
| ||Record number of injured turtles at the Glyfada Rescue Center|
This summer marked another ‘sad’ record of injured sea turtle arrivals: There are currently 39 injured turtles in the tanks at the Center!
| ||Underwater encounters with sea turtles! |
I found a turtle! Finally! After all this swimming, I found one! And I am all alone with her, maybe I could observe her closer without scaring her!
| ||Record number of observers at the Rethymno public Caretta caretta nest excavation|
In cooperation with the Aquila Rithymna Beach Hotel, which is located close to the nest in question, the public excavation attracted about 200 observers, mainly tourists. Because of this, more volunteers were immediately brought to the excavation site to provide information to the crowd of observers about sea turtle nests and ARCHELON’s work.
| ||Tragic events at the Koroni Caretta caretta nesting beach|
Vibrations from the powerful sound system and noise from the crowd negatively affected the embryonic sea turtles, causing them to hatch prematurely and, in combination with the bright lights at the scene which disoriented them further, resulted in many of them tragically and needlessly losing their lives.
| ||A round of applause|
One of the onlookers said in a loud voice, ‘Now we should thank all these people who work without being paid so that we – here in our country – can have beautiful beaches and a clean environment,’ and everyone there applauded.
| ||NO! to the Youth Beach Festival on the Caretta caretta nesting beach organized by the Phaistos Municipality and the Crete regional authorities for 12 August |
Let’s enjoy the pleasures of our beaches and the sea during the day, and leave them quiet for the turtles at night, without people, noise, lights, or beach furniture.
Let’s not unnecessarily add one more burden to the many serious problems which turtles in the area already face due to the destruction of their habitat.
| ||YOU MUST BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD|
In 2010, a group of volunteers from ARCHELON, The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece and scouts worked together to clean Vrondonero beach and the marine area adjacent to it, an area that is not daily wardened by the personnel of the NMPZ. The state of the beach and the marine area was very poor, and the effort to collect and remove all the waste for the coastal and marine area was remarkable. On the 3rd August 2011, ARCHELON team decided to repeat this activity!
| ||Divers to Arsida’s rescue!|
While diving near the island of Arsida (near Sounion), Nikos, Giorgos, Vasilis and Eleni found an exhausted Caretta caretta turtle entangled in trimmer line and trying to float. They immediately rushed to her rescue...
| ||The first hatchlings in Crete... headed for the lights|
On Tuesday, 26 July, the first hatchlings in Crete made their appearance on the beach at Gerani, Chania. During their morning beach patrol, volunteers located the tracks of 17 small turtles which, instead of heading towards the sea, had headed towards the bright lights of the rental apartments at the back part of the beach.
| ||First hatchlings to reach the sea at Zakynthos, 2011|
Hatching season has begun once more, with Sekania beach being the first to begin. On the night of July 24th 2011, five baby turtles begun their dangerous life journey, following the light of the stars and leaving their traces on the sand as a pleasant surprise for the morning observers of the beach, the ARCHELON morning survey team, working in collaboration with the Management Agent of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos.
| ||Hatchlings are out in the Bay of Kyparissia!|
This pleasant event marks the beginning of the hatching season for loggerhead sea turtles, which lasts from the end of July through October each year. This is also the period when two main problems sea turtle hatchlings face when they come out of their nests become apparent...
| ||Rescue of young, injured turtle in Chania: Cooperative effort of ARCHELON and the ISKA group|
The turtle was spotted on Kolumbari Beach by the local lifeguard and, with the help of tourists, was transferred to the Field Rescue Station operated by ARCHELON volunteers in Gerani.
In order to arrange for the transport of the injured turtle to the ARCHELON Rescue Center in Glyfada, the volunteers asked help from the ISKA group.
| ||Sea turtle dies of longline hook ingestion in southern Kyparissia Bay|
More than twelve turtles have been found dead on the beaches of Trifylia in southern Kyparissia Bay this year. Most of them have no external injuries, which is an indication that the cause of death is drowning from entanglement in fishing nets or swallowing of plastics, or internal injuries and drowning from swallowing of a longline hook.
| ||A stone with a 23-year history…|
To most people, a stone with some letters and numbers on it may not mean much, and may not arouse their curiosity about how or why it ended up on a beach.
For ARCHELON volunteers, though, who were out at dawn on Sekania Beach in Zakynthos on 3 July 2011 looking for sea turtle nests, it was a very moving discovery.
| ||Tourists meet ARCHELON|
Thanks to the help of City Contact, tourists from Greece and abroad can get information about ARCHELON and the need for protecting sea turtles at the Info Stands in hundreds of hotels in Athens, Crete, Corfu and Rhodes.