Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events between
5th March - 17 April 2013.
Although I havenʼt managed to keep you updated recently, a lot has been going on at the RC.
ʽNikosʼ arrived at the RC on 30 March from Chios. He weighs 34 kilos, and his carapace measures 66 cm. He has a head injury, which seems to be the type which is not due to natural causes.
ʽJuliaʼ (also with a head injury) arrived on 5 April from Halkida. She weighs 7.5 kilos and her carapace measures 38.5 cm.
ʽTheodorosʼ arrived on 23 March from Lefkada. He weighs 52 kilos and his carapace measures 77.5 cm. According to the RC Co-ordinator Pavlo Tsaros, this turtleʼs head injury may be an accidental rather than an intentional one. His transport to the RC was arranged in collaboration with the Lefkada Animal Welfare Society (LAWS). (Pavlo also points out that two of the recent arrivals are big males, who probably came into the area for the mating season, which has recently started.)
The most recent arrival was ʽIonasʼ, a small turtle weighing just 3.5 kilos, with an ingested hook and flipper injuries. He was found by a resident in the Korphos area of Mykonos, who notified the port police; they in turn arranged for the turtleʼs transport to the RC. He is receiving first aid treatment at the moment and will receive surgery to remove the ingested hook as soon as he is strong enough.
Many thanks to everyone else involved with rescuing these turtles.
Unfortunately, several turtles did not manage to survive: ʽManolisʼ, the tiny turtle from Leros, ʽPaladiaʼ (from Salamina), and ʽTitoʼ, who had come to the RC from Katakolo with a head injury which led to his death the following day.
The good news is that ʽMariaʼ, ʽMarinaʼ, ʽEviʼ, and ʽSpirosʼ, are doing very well and are candidates to be placed in the large, outdoor tanks as soon as the weather permits. After that, the next step for them is to be returned to the sea!
Since the beginning of 2013, ten new turtles have been admitted to the RC. In addition, 100 dead turtles have been reported from all parts of Greece. This is about the same number as was reported for same period in 2012, which turned out to be the year with the highest number of dead turtles ever reported. We sincerely hope that the picture for 2013 will be better.
Did you know...
The Rescue Centre will host the ARCHELON Annual Turtle Day Event on Sunday, 26 May. As soon as arrangements are finalized, the programme will be posted on the website, so keep your eyes out for it. Last yearʼs event was a great success, with a record number of visitors, all of whom enjoyed the day and learned a lot about sea turtles and the difficulties they face. Hope to see you there!