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.
|...I can do it all again in 2016!|
I started my ARCHELON experience on the 15th of May 2015 and getting the opportunity to learn so much about monitoring and public awareness, working hands on with the beautiful loggerhead and meeting honestly , the most interesting, caring and just genuine people from all over the world, I can truly say it was the most amazing experience I have ever had in my life.
|"Raphael" in the blue and green waters of the Ionian Sea|
The release took place in Zakynthos at Crystal beach, in Kalamaki area with the help of three special organizations Atlantica Eleon Grand Resort & SPA, Castelli Hotel and Nefis travel that support the effort of ARCHELON for many years.
|There is really nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer|
It feels so special to be part of such a passionate hardworking family...
|Τhe 4th Scouts Troops of Corfu in Zakynthos Program |
We would like to thank the Scouts of the 4th Scouts Troops of Corfu and their leader Manolis Orfanoudakis for the Contribution to the ARCHELON Field Program in Zakynthos and we hope for similar activities and meetings in the future.
|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.