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 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 "Εvelin Divers" supports ARCHELON’s 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 ARCHELON’s 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, what’s 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. Οn 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, what’s 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.
|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.
|Starting a new rehabilitation season!|
ARCHELON, has been active on the field for 30 years, protection not only the endangered sea turtles but also their environment for the benefit of all. During the same time the ARCHELON Rescue Center has started to expand wherever possible to cope with a large number of injured that will be admitted during the summer. An average of 60 turtles will arrived in our facilities during a single year
|Support of maritime transportations for ARCHELON from MINOAN LINES for the programs of South Crete for 2014|
Our cooperation with MINOAN LINES had begun some years ago, when the company had proceeded to a 2-year funding of the ARCHELON program in Messara of Heraklion Crete. The Cretan shipping company “MINOAN LINES” continues to provide us with its support with different yet equally important ways. Under its sponsorship program, the company 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 members at the Board of the International Sea Turtle Society|
ISTS is a worldwide scientific organization in charge of research, management an conservation of marine turtles. The election of ARCHELON members in this international organization reflects the significance that the international scientific community renders to marine turtles in the Mediterranean and in Greece.