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First hatchlings to reach the sea in Dafni Beach at Zakynthos, 2014
Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre?
Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre?
Double sea turtle rescue in Lakonikos Bay with the help of ARCHELONs volunteers and friends

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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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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.

World Ocean Day 08/06 - Volunteers raised awareness about the threats to the Greek shoreline
For World Ocean Day on 8th June, the volunteers of the Zakynthos project had planned a special event to raise awareness about the threats to the Greek shoreline. Visitors of Crystal Beach in Kalamaki were invited to show their support for this cause by having their photo taken with the #aigialosSOS sign and had the opportunity to write a personal message in their picture.

Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events during 1-17 May 2014.

Caretta Caretta sea turtle nesting has started in Crete
Caretta Caretta nesting has officially begun in Crete, which is the third most important breeding habitat of the animal in Greece. n the morning of June 1, the first sea turtle nest was discovered by the ARCHELON volunteers, in the Gulf of Messara, on Kalamaki beach.

2014 World Turtle Day Event at the ARCHELON Rescue Centre in Glyfada
When the front gate of the Rescue Centre opened on Sunday, 1 June 2014, at 11.00 am, enthusiastic visitors were already lined up, eager to come in to take part in the annual ARCHELON celebration of World Turtle Day. Every year, the programme offers a variety of different educational arts and crafts activities, exhibitions, and theatrical performances especially designed for children but also enjoyed by adults as well.

International Sea Turtle Symposium 2014
This year, the symposium took place in the beautiful city of New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States from the 10th and the 17th of April. The theme of this Symposium was "Cultures," in honour of all the cultures that have interacted and continue to interact today with sea turtle populations around the world.

The first Caretta-caretta nest of the season in the Gulf of Kyparissia
During the early hours of Monday the 26th May, the first Caretta Caretta nest was spotted by the Volunteers of ARCHELON in the Gulf of Kyparissia, specifically in the area between the villages Agiannakis and Elaia.

Joanne, whats new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events during the months of March and April 2014.

Incapacitating Messara's future
Apart from the documented arbitrariness, deliberate destruction of ecosystems of national importance so as to satisfy petty and electioneering purposes, is a very sad fact. The action of Festos municipality can not be considered to facilitate long-term interests of the local community since it destroys an important nature and potential tourist resource.
 
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