Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events of the week between 6th April and 26th April 2012.
Due to the fluctuating weather conditions, all the turtles are still being kept safe and warm inside the ICU. Hopefully, with the beginning of May approaching, weather conditions will improve and turtles who have recovered their health can be moved into the larger, outdoor tanks in preparation for their release back into the sea.
On Tuesday, 17 April 2012, a tiny hatchling weighing just 10 grams arrived at the RC from Samos. She had been found by Archipelagos, who also arranged for her transport to the ARCHELON RC. She had an injury on the right side of her head (cause unknown). Unfortunately, she was quite weak and did not manage to make it through the night. Many thanks to Archipelagos for their invaluable help in attempting to save this tiny turtle.
On the bright side, our other 2012 hatchling, ʽChristinaʼ is continuing to do well and hopefully will be able to be released later this year, when the weather permits.
ʽHarryʼ, a mature male Caretta caretta from Igoumenitsa, unfortunately died on arrival.
Due to the Easter holidays, the RC was closed to the public on the Easter weekend 14-15 April, but was open on Monday 16 April instead. Since the weather was nice, a lot of Athenians were out enjoying the beach area, and quite a few stopped by the RC to learn about ARCHELON and to see the turtles.
On Friday, 20 April 2012, a young scout group from Larissa who had previously arranged for a group visit on that day visited the RC. In addition to attending an educational presentation about the environment and seeing the turtles, the scouts helped tidy up the grounds. This help was much appreciated, especially after the damage caused by the recent wind and rainstorm. (To arrange for a special group visit for your club, class, group or organization, please contact Elly Tarabe at 210-5231342.)
On Saturday, 21 April, the newly founded turtle club of the American Community Schools of Athens had their first of three sessions for “Young Volunteers Training” at the RC. Through the efforts of their teachers and in collaboration with RC Co-ordinator Pavlos Tsaros, members of the club will be involved in various simulations and activities to inform them about Caretta caretta turtles and the impact that destruction of the marine environment and natural habitats causes to the ecosystem. In addition, they will learn about what itʼs like to be a volunteer working at the RC by observing volunteers taking care of injured turtles, performing simulations of these activities, and talking with volunteers.
The Club, which started out in the 4th grade class and has been recognized as an official ACS club, has already attracted the interests of other classes in the school. This small group of enthusiastic children, inspired and supported by their teachers and parents, have already raised enough money at their school to adopt several of the turtles currently being treated at the RC and have plans to participate in various fund-raising activities at their school throughout the year. They also will be involved in organizing participating in other educational events at the RC, and in general will work to increase public awareness about threats to sea turtles as well as to the environment as a whole.
(For more information about arranging for your group, class or organization to participate in a similar programme, please contact Elly Tarabe 210-5231342).
On Sunday, 22 April, ARCHELON took part in the international celebration of Earth Day by holding a special event at the RC. The special programme included activities and presentations for people of all ages designed to inform the public about environmental issues and motivate them to become active participants in doing whatever they can to help save the planet. (For details, see the special article about the event on the website.)
Did you know...
Private citizens, fisherman, and members of the port police from all parts of Greece are responsible for saving the lives of many injured sea turtles. By notifying ARCHELON and/or the port police or local authorities if you find an injured sea turtle can ensure that it gets all possible medical care and has a chance to live out the rest of its life.
An example of how each of us can help is our most recent arrival, ʽChrysanthiʼ, rescued by two little girls, Chrysanthi and Maria, on 21 April. The girls found the small turtle (34 cm long and weighing 5.2 kilos) stranded on a Vouliagmeni beach, and with the help of their grandfather, brought her to the RC by car. ʽChrysanthiʼ was taken for X-rays, which showed that she hadnʼt ingested any hooks or other foreign objects. If her progress continues, she will be released as soon as weather permits.
If you find an injured or dead sea turtle, please contact the ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre at 210-8944444.
Special note: On Sunday, 27 May, ARCHELON will host a special event at the RC to celebrate the International Day of the Turtle. Keep watching the website for details.