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Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre?
At long last... hatchlings seen in Attica!!!
"KOSTAS" release at the National Marine Park of Zakynthos

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About ARCHELON

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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"KOSTAS" release at the National Marine Park of Zakynthos
For three months, “Kostas” was cared and treated in our Rescue Centre and thanks to the help of our dedicated volunteers, who spent their own time to protect this beautiful species.
ARCHELON together with the valuable help of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, released “Kostas” on the 6th of September in front of Louis Zante Beach Hotel (Laganas).

Help us to keep satellite tracking 9 sea turtles
Around nine of these transmitters are still working providing valuable information on the turtles activities but we are in danger of losing this important resource as the original funding has run out and supply of the location data will be cut off.

At long last... hatchlings seen in Attica!!!
Although the RC often receives reports of Caretta caretta turtles (both healthy and injured) in the Attica area, and even though nests on local beaches are sometimes reported, until now no hatchlings have actually been reported in this area. On Thursday evening, 26 August, a small group of ARCHELON volunteers and supporters, led by RC Co-ordinator Pavlo Tsaros, visited two beaches in the Lavrio area to check on the progress of two reported nests...

Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 15 July - 15 August 2014.

The release of "Lola" from Romanos Beach
“Lola” was released at the Romanos Beach, in front of “Navarino Dunes” establishments, in “Costa Navarino”, in Wednesday 27th of August while the sun was setting!

Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 18 June - 15 July 2014.

Crete “takes the lead” for the second year in a row on the births of the sea turtle Caretta Caretta
On July 20, on Kalamaki Beach at the gulf of Messara, the first sea turtle nest throughout Greece was hatched. Next came the first hatchlings in the Rethymno Gulf, on July 29 as well as at the Gulf of Chania on the same date..

First hatchlings to reach the sea in Dafni Beach at Zakynthos, 2014
Hatching season has begun once more, with Fafni beach being the first to begin in Zakynthos. Although in relative delay compared to Messara Bay in Crete and Kyparissia Bay in Peloponnese, on the night of July 26th 2014, six baby turtle begun their dangerous life journey, following the light of the stars and leaving its 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.

Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between 18 May-19 June 2014.

Double sea turtle rescue in Lakonikos Bay with the help of ARCHELONs volunteers and friends
On Thursday, 24th July volunteers of the program were informed by tourists that not one, but two turtles had been entangled in nets at sea near Elia. With the valuable help of ARCHELON friends, who rushed to the area by boat, they managed to remove the net from the turtles flippers and neck, and eventually set them free.

The first hatchling in the Gulf of Kyparissia!! The number of nests has reached 892 so far
At dawn on Friday 25 July, the first hatchling in the Gulf of Kyparissia was spotted by the ARCHELON volunteers, specifically near Agiannakis village. It safely reached the sea!!

Greek government puts turtles, tourism and Zakynthos at risk
Athens, 18 July 2014 – The recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) to condemn Greece for the operation of a landfill within the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, did not come as a surprise. Rather, it was the sad result of unprecedented negligence for one of the most important ecological sites and tourist destinations in Greece. 

The execrable death of a Caretta Caretta sea turtle in Kissamos village, Chania
A dead sea turtle lying on the beach with the harpoon of a spear gun on the carapace is the worst impression that can ever be made to the surprised tourists during summer months (dead or injured turtles are being washed up on beaches), who often wonder how it is possible that there is such brutality, impunity and lack of education in a country of democracy and culture.

"Evelin Divers" and "ARCHELON": together we can do more!
Collaboration is a very beautiful thing. Let alone when it is genuine, selfless and arises from actual sensitivity for the sea, marine life and thus the man. The Diving School "velin Divers" supports ARCHELONs field project in Rethymno and not only, with many and varied actions.

Massive crowd salutes “Eleftheria” in Retrhymno
On June 25, “Eleftheria”, a sea turtle who had been seriously wounded and treated for about a year in ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society, was released in perfect health in the sea of Rethymno. “Eleftheria” had no difficulties in finding her way to the sea leaving behind her touched observers who kept applauding her until she totally went out of sight.

Release of Caretta Caretta sea turle ''Eleftheria'' in Rethymno, Crete
Eleftheria is an adult female turtle, who was found injured near nesting beaches in Peloponnese, in August 2013. On Wednesday 25th June, she will be released in Rethymno in cooperation with the Municipality of Rethymno during a special event open to the public.

Trip to Sounio-Lavrion
On Saturday 31st May a group of ARCHELONs volunteers went to Cape Sounio to the temple of Poseidon and to the ancient theatre of Thoriko in Lavrion. We would really like to thank our tour guide Dimitra Potsika for giving us free tour in all these places.
 
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