| ||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.
| ||A second chance in life for two more turtles!|
“Nondas” and “Aristotelis” were two turtles that have spent over a year in the ARCHELON rehabilitation center. They were successfully released back into the open sea the 21st of June 2011.
They were both taken out by boat with the help of Aqua Divers Club. “Nondas” left after readjusting his buoyancy. “Aristotelis” shot straight for the bottom making his extended stay worthwhile.
| ||2011 Lakonikos Gulf field program underway|
Once again ARCHELON, The Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, is welcoming back its volunteers in the Lakonikos Gulf field program. The reproduction activities of the Caretta caretta in key locations are being systematically recorded, and the information serves as an indication of nesting activity in the wider area. Along with data collection, all nests which are located are protected from natural predators.
| ||Oh where, oh where are the sea turtle eggs?|
ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, is a non-governmental, non-profit organization funded by donations from the public. We do not have the ability to cover all the nesting areas in Greece, and unfortunately no government agency involves itself with the protection of sea turtles.
| ||The Agiannakis Environmental Station is revived once again|
The Agiannakis Environmental Station was established in 2001 by ARCHELON in cooperation with the Greek Railways Organization and the Municipality of Avlonas.
The neglected Railway Station building was renovated and appropriately developed based on the financial support of the European Commission program Life-Nature.
It continues to operate by ARCHELON in collaboration with GAIAOSE (subsidiary company of the Greek Railways Organization) and support of the Trifilia Municipality.
| ||A new beginning for “Damaskinia” and “Marilena”|
Since the beginning of 2011 we have been recording a high number of stranded turtles from all over the coasts of Greece.
We also received an unusual high number of turtles at the rescue centre. 7 turtles were sent to Glyfada over the course of 3 days. Unfortunately one dies on arrival and another passed away after a week.
The best news of the past weeks is we were able to release our first three turtles of the year!
| ||Smaro – The first happy |
Perhaps every time that we say goodbye to a turtle which we’ve helped return to its blue ocean home we feel a small satisfaction and, at the same time, an extra need to continue our work, contributing in this way one small piece to the protection of the planet’s biodiversity. Perhaps, ‘riding’ on the shell of a turtle which is leaving us, we see our own hopes for a better world to travel with her and to pass on to future generations.