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Since 1983, the primary objective of ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece has been to protect the sea turtles and their habitats in Greece through monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles.


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Environmental educational program in Agiannakis
All the children enthusiastically listened to us, they expressed to us all their questions and they also surprised us positively with their knowledge which is the result of the work of their teachers. Together with the volunteers of ARCHELON, coming from all corners of this planet, we played on the beach; we built our own nests and cleaned all plastic garbage.

The Caretta Caretta sea turtle nesting season started in Crete
The sea turtle is a unique element, a characteristic of Crete that doesnt appear in many areas, not only in Greece but also in the Mediterranean.
A rare species facing the threat of extinction visits Crete every year the same season that tourists do.
So, on May 30th this year the first nest was spotted by a local team of volunteers, ISKA, that ARCHELON works with, in Kolympari, Chania.

The nesting season of Caretta caretta started in Lakonikos Bay
During early morning on Tuesday, June 2nd 2015 the first two nests of Caretta caretta were identified in the Lakonikos Bay. More specifically they are located on the beach of Mavrovouni and of Selinitsa.

Support of maritime transportations for ARCHELON from MINOAN LINES for the programs of South Crete for 2015
As part of its sponsorship program, MINOAN LINES has been offering a discount to our Association since 2011, facilitating the annual transportation of our executives for the ARCHELON program in southern Crete.
ARCHELON would like to sincerely thank MINOAN LINES for their positive response and kind contribution for one more year.

ANEK LINES supports our movement to Western Crete again in 2015
As part of its sponsoring program, ANEK LINES has offered again this year a ticket discount to our society, thus creating favorable conditions of transportation for our executives during the programs of Archelon in Western Crete.
Once more, ARCHELON would like to sincerely thank ANEK LINES for their positive response and generous offer.

Stranded turtle at Agios Kosmas, Athens
On Friday, 12 May, while I was working at the RC office on the next article, a local swimmer called to report a dead turtle washed up on the beach at nearby Agios Kosmos. Its interesting to note that sea turtles are becoming quite common in this area, even though the beaches are heavily used by local residents, there is a lot of boat traffic and fishing, and which isnt very far from the busy port of Piraeus.

ARCHELON volunteers collected 8 large bags of rubbish from west Laganas beach clean
Together with assistance from the National Marine Park of Zakynthos and WWF we cleaned the beaches. We do it by carrying big black plastic bags and wearing gloves. On a stretch of beach (Laganas A) that was about 1,5km (932mi) long, it took 6 people about 2 and a half hours to pick up the rubbish.

Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre in April 2015?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1 - 30 April 2015.

The first Caretta-caretta nest of the season in the Gulf of Kyparissia
During the early hours of Wednesday the 20th May, the first Caretta Caretta nest was spotted by the Volunteers of ARCHELON in the Gulf of Kyparissia, specifically in the Vounaki area.
The gulf of Kyparissia, as it has been repeatedly stressed, is hosting the second (after Zakynthos) most important nesting area of the Caretta Caretta sea turtle in the Mediterranean Sea.

23 May, World Turtle Day and 5 simple ways to protect sea turtles!
Its been 15 years already since World Turtle Day was first celebrated on May 23. ARCHELON introduced this "celebration" in Greece 10 years ago!
Every day, each of us makes choices about what were going to eat or buy, and how were going to spend our time. Lets look at 5 simple things we can all do to protect sea turtles, which are so very vulnerable and threatened today.

Sea Turtle nesting has begun on the Greek beaches!
The first Caretta caretta sea turtle nest of the season is always an important event because it shows their "patriotism" and loyalty for the areas in which they were born and also choose for breeding.
This year the first nests were found in Zakynthos during morning survey of May 19th 2015 in East Sekania and on Gerakas beach.

After training, comes the action!
This years Field Leader Training Seminar has been completed by ARCHELON with great success and the new season is ready to begin with volunteers and leaders prepared for action!
With the valuable help of Field Leaders and 470 volunteers in 2014, ARCHELON managed to monitor and protect the nesting beaches in Zakynthos, Kyparissiakos Bay and Neda, Koroni, Lakonikos Bay, Romanos, Rethymno, Chania and Messara Bay.
In these areas, 1.991 nests were protected, 632 adult turtles were observed and 129.517 hatchlings were saved and safely reached the sea!

Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre in March 2015?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1 March - 31 March 2015. Six of the 22 turtles being treated at the RC are now doing well and are expected to be released in early spring, once the weather improves...

Baby Monk Seal 'Andrianna' and our Volunteers
There in the MOm First Aid Station trailer, was baby Adriana waiting for us. Never had I seen a baby seal in person and yet alone a Monk Seal so up close. It was absolutely overwhelming to see such an amazing creature with so much curiosity and the will to live greet us with her incredibly cute face.

Difficult year at the ARCHELON Rescue Center
2014 is the 20 year anniversary for the ARCHELON Rescue Center. It was created in 1994 in collaboration with the municipality of Glyfada. Since the opening of the Rescue center we have recorded over 5000 dead sea turtles along the coastline of Greece.
This year has been a difficult year. The ARCHELON National Rescue Network recorded 627 stranded turtles which is new record for the number of dead turtles

600 participants from 80 countries and from all continents at the 35th Sea Turtle Symposium
In Dalaman of Turkey, a region across Rhodes, which takes its name from the homonym river, the 35th Sea Turtle Symposium took place and RCHELON was there!

Cleaning Glyfadas Beach - Let's do it Greece
On Sunday, April 26, 2015 ARCHELON actively participated in cleaning the 3rd Marina of Glyfadas beach, near the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre of ARCHELON in the Panhellenic action Let's do it Greece.

Dinosaurs are not extinct!
The sea turtle is a reptile just like dinosaurs. As of this moment, on planet Earth, alongside humans, lives a contemporary dinosaur species, a rare one at that, which managed to adapt successfully to geological and natural phenomena as well as climate change (the latter being the reason dinosaurs disappeared).

Easter time with the volunteers of the Rescue Center
The ARCHELON volunteers in the Rescue Center, following the Greek tradition, dyed their eggs red on Holy Monday and they experienced the Easter atmosphere during the Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

Conservation efforts during 2014 in Laganas Bay, Zakynthos (short report)
In this short report, covering the period 1 January – 15 October 2014, we present major facts concerning sea turtle conservation on Zakynthos Island. Specifically, the ARCHELONs field project and the work of the Management Agency (MA) of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos (NMPZ) are presented.