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.
|The release of the Caretta caretta “Hannah”|
On Sunday September 11, «Hannah», a sea turtle that was found in Laganas Bay returned to the endless blue Ionian Sea.
|EVS in ARCHELON|
European Voluntary Service celebrates its 20 years for 2016 and continues to offer organizations and volunteers unique experiences.
This case is also ARCHELON, The Sea Turtle Society of Greece, which hosts currently some bright young EVS volunteers from all over EU. They get to offer their valuable assistance in protecting the nesting activity at Rethymno project and in rescuing injured sea turtles at ARCHELON’s Sea Turtle Rescue Centre.
So, let us see what Natalia, Andrea and Tina have to say about their volunteering at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre and Isaak and Chiara about their time at Rethymno project.
|Joanne, what’s new at the Rescue Centre (July 2016)?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1-31 July 2016.
|«Achilles» from Agios Sostis|
The resident turtle population of Zakynthos is a great asset to the area from which, we can learn a lot scientifically and they are also an important source of income for the turtle spotting industry, especially at the end of the nesting season, when female turtles are gone.
|Zakynthos, hatchling season is well underway!|
For ARCHELON, hatchling season is well underway with many baby Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) making their first journey to the sea. In Zakynthos, hundreds of hatchlings make it to sea each day where an estimated one to two in a thousand will survive to adulthood after which they return to Laganas Bay to nest.
|Joanne, what’s new at the Rescue Centre (June 2016)?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1-30 June 2016.
|Luc Hoffmann, the true guardian of nature, will be missed in Greece |
We were very much saddened with the news of the loss of Dr. Luc Hoffmann, honorary vice-president of WWF International. His contribution in promoting nature conservation efforts in the Mediterranean region has been instrumental.
|The first hatchlings of Zakynthos on Sekania beach|
On the evening of July 17 2016, 13 hatchlings began their dangerous first journey, from their nest to the sea. This was realized on finding their tracks in the sand-a pleasant surprise to the research team of ARCHELON and the NMPZ Management Agency.
|Our excitement is doubled for the Peloponnese, as hatchlings emerge in Kyparissiakos Bay as well as Koroni|
During the night of 12th July, 2016 the first hatchlings of Peloponnese came out of their nests, in Kyparissia and Koroni, and started their journey towards the sea!
|«Jasmin» the Caretta-Caretta was released in Zakynthos|
More than 300 guests and even representatives of the Municipal Authority of the island had the chance to admire the return of a wild animal in its natural habitat.
|As of today, the first hatchlings of 2016 will be swimming in the Cretan waters|
ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece and its team of volunteers in Rethymno city
is pleased to announce the arrival of the first hatchlings, which this year "have chosen" Crete as a starting point of the hatching period. Traces of the first hatchlings were found on Wednesday morning, July 13th, in the area of Adele Rethymnon.
|Celebrating 1000 nests with the release of |
On 12th July a special event takes place at Crystal Beach in Kalamaki, Zakynthos: “Jasmin”, a female Caretta Caretta sea turtle, that had been found injured, is released back into the wild.
|Thanks to volunteer help and public support, “Eleuthir-Leon” is back in the sea swimming free|
“Eleuthir-Leon” is one of the lucky ones: firstly because he was found and secondly because he was immediately taken to the ARCHELON Rescue Centre for treatment. On 11th July dozens of holidaymakers were given the opportunity to watch him make his trip back to the sea which has been his home for all these years.
|Joanne, what’s new at the Rescue Centre (May 2016)?|
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1-31 May 2016.
|Over 1.000 Caretta caretta nests in Southern Kyparissiakos Bay!|
On the 28th of June the number of nests surpassed the 1.000 mark for 2016 in Southern Kyparissiakos Bay. During the last years, ARCHELON’s efforts for the protection of the sea turtles have borne fruit by increasing the number of Caretta caretta nests.
|Small steps towards a better future for the sea turtle on Crete|
In view of the increased business activity during the summer months, ARCHELON volunteers from all around the globe and the local authorities all join the alliance to promote sustainable use of the nesting beaches.