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.
|Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Centre in June 2015?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1 - 30 June 2015.
|My time in ARCHELON I will never forget! |
I have been in the project of Zakynthos for two months and it feels as if I am writing about a dream I had. But no, it was all reality. ARCHELON fills your heart with the great spirit of seeing, loving, caring and saving all the living and non-living things surrounding you.
|Tiny tracks into an unknown future|
Tiny flipper marks in the sand! They are only half the size of my hand. We follow the little track to the water. The first hatchling of the 2015 season, in Zakynthos, made its way safely to the sea!
|The first hatchlings of the Peloponnese began their journey |
In the evening of Friday June 17, 2015, the first hatchlings of the Peloponnese emerged from their nest on the beach of Kyparissia and ran quickly to dive into the waters of the Ionian Sea.
|The experiences I gained during the 23 days in Zakynthos and the ARCHELON voluntary program|
I believe that when someone is trying to understand and find themselves, the advice I would give them would be to participate in a program like this.
|The first hatchlings of 2015 are from Crete|
As moving as it may be, that moment when you find the first turtle nest, it can¢t be compared to the moment you witness the first hatchlings rising. The date for the first hatchlings has been recorded as the 15th July in Kalamaki, Messara Gulf, Crete.
|Alan: To EVS as an Archelon volunteer|
Alan Coyle from Ireland: I am living out a childhood dream that I had always thought would remain just a dream, and I am getting to experience life in one of the words most historically significant cities. I am ever grateful for this.
|Young students say goodbye to "Aristides" and "Lefteris"|
Many schools visit the ARCHELON Rescue Centre in Glyfada each year as part of the environmental education program. The program is open all year and visits are arranged by appointment. Children have the opportunity to observe the turtles closely and learn about them. Apart from the group visits, the Rescue Centre is open to the public every weekend 11.00-17.00. Some of the groups and visitors decide to support the care of turtles furthermore by adopting a turtle. The adoptions are a key part of the support that one can offer to ARCHELON.
|EVS Volunteers at the Rescue Center|
ARCHELON once more is hosting three incredible EVS volunteers, Alan Coyle from Ireland, Fanny from Luxembourg and Danielle from Sweden, who came in Greece in order to help with the protection of sea turtles. As part of EVS (European Voluntary Service in the context of ERASMUS+) programme they have the chance to get to know the Greek culture and language and get experience in the rehabilitation of a threatened species.
|Joanne, what¢s new at the Rescue Centre in May 2015?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1 - 31 May 2015.
|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.
|"Ariadne" has been released|
Setting a wild animal free into its natural habitat, has always been a particularly moving and unique moment for those who took care of it, as well as for all those who participate in an event like this.
The same happened with “Ariadne” when she unwound her thread and was set free by the ARCHELON volunteers, on Friday, June 16th, early in the afternoon, in front of the Grecotel Creta Palace hotel.
|The Caretta Caretta sea turtle nesting season started in Crete|
The sea turtle is a unique element, a characteristic of Crete that doesn¢t 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. It¢s 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 isn¢t 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, what¢s 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!|
It¢s 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 we¢re going to eat or buy, and how we¢re going to spend our time. Let¢s 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 year¢s 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, what¢s 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 ÁRCHELON was there!