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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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Public Excavation of Caretta caretta Sea Turtle Nest
On Friday, September 22nd, at 17:30 pm, the public can witness the process of a sea turtle nest excavation, which will take place in front of Galaxy Hotel, on Laganas beach.

Joanne, what’s new at the Rescue Centre (July 2017)?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events in July 2017.

Our farewell to Pavlos
Limnos island will be the final resting place of Pavlos Tsaros, who left us so suddenly. The memorial ceremony will be held on Saturday, 16 September at 12:00pm at the church of Agios Dimitrios in the village Kontia, Limnos.

He is not with us anymore...
One of the most capable and beloved “turtlers” is not among us anymore. The family of ARCHELON is mourning for the loss of Pavlos Tsaros, a great friend who pasted away suddenly yesterday.

Concerning Decrease Of The Nest Numbers In Zakynthos This Year
This year’s nesting season in Zakynthos has ended, with the first results showing that 2017 has been the year with the lowest number of nests.

Public excavation of a Caretta caretta sea turtle nest
ARCHELON and NMPZ plan a public excavation on Friday 1st of September in front of the Louis Zante Beach Hotel in Laganas.

The bay of Laganas in Zakynthos is now dangerous to sea turtles
On the 15th August ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece was informed of another incident of a dead turtle in the bay of Laganas in Zakynthos. Unfortunately, since May, more than 20 cases of dead turtles have been recorded by ARCHELON, of which 11 have been recorded in the marine area of ​​the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. ARCHELON volunteers found the dead turtle at the port of Agios Sostis. This was a young male animal, which had severe blows on the shell and on the head from a boat collision.

The rehabilitation of «Adonis»
A sea turtle named “Adonis”, after a three month stay in ARCHELON’s Rescue Center in Athens, went back to its natural habitat. “Adonis” is a juvenile sea turtle that weighs 22kg and is about 50cm long. It was transferred there on May 20th 2017 with plastic ingestion. There with the help of our volunteers and specialized veterinarians it was fully rehabilitated.

Stop feeding the Caretta caretta in Zakynthos
This summer the feeding of sea turtles with fruits and vegetables in Laganas Bay in Zakynthos is a major threat and cause of disturbance for this protected species. The Phenomenon was first recorded in the marine area of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos in September 2016. Unfortunately, it is being recorded to a much greater extent this year, from eco-tour and privately rented boats, in order to attract the wild animals by throwing fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes and peaches, to take clear photographs.

Cause of death…propeller!
On Friday, July 14, ARCHELON was informed by the National Marine Park of Zakynthos about the existence of an injured Caretta caretta turtle, which was floating in the port of the island.

EVS in ARCHELON
EVS Program continues to offer ARCHELON the chance to host volunteers from other European Countries for 2017. This year another 3 volunteers have been able to meet new people and volunteers from all over the world with different cultural backgrounds and share the common experience of ARCHELON. ACHELON is the place to be for gaining a lot of friends, participating in a project for a good cause as well as feeling like a second home. Please see below their thoughts about how they combined living in a foreign country as EVS Volunteers and how ARCHELON affected their lives.

The first nest of a Caretta caretta in Greece has hatched in Zakynthos
We are delighted to announce that the volunteers of ARCHELON, while on their morning survey on Sekania on July 21st, discovered the first hatched nest of the 2017 season!

500 nests of the Caretta caretta sea turtles in Zakynthos!
ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Society of Greece, is delighted to announce that nest numbers have reached 500 on the island of Zakynthos. This period is considered the most important for the reproduction of the species as it records the highest levels of spawning.
 
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