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 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.

 19 September: This years 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 ARCHELONs 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.