Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events of the week between 20th July and 26th July 2012.
No new arrivals or departures of full-time volunteers this week. However, we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all the day volunteers who come to work at the Rescue Centre. These volunteers are local residents (both Greek and foreign nationals) of all ages and backgrounds who generously contribute their skills and talents to help ARCHELON achieve its goals. Some are university students who work at the Centre during their school breaks, some are retired people who want to put their experience and knowledge to good use, some are people with jobs and families who help whenever they can, while others are high school students who work at the RC to fulfill their schoolʼs community service requirement. I havenʼt mentioned any names, but you all know who you are. Thanks so much!
During the month of August every year, the RC is closed to the public so that routine maintenance of the buildings and facilities can be done. To help with this, you do not have to make a long-term commitment to work at the Centre, but if you have some free time and would like to help with things like painting, gardening and groundskeeping (not only during August, but at any time during the year), please contact RC Co-ordinator Pavlo Tsaros (email@example.com 210-8944444) for more information.
To start with the good news, tiny ʽChristinaʼ was sent back to the island of Karpathos to be released from the same area where she had been found this winter. Many thanks to everyone involved in her transport and release.
ʽAmaliaʼ received surgery to remove a large hook which she had ingested. Unfortunately, she died during the always critical 24-hour post-surgery period.
On 20th July, ʽTaxiarkisʼ, a small (25.6 cm carapace, 2.3 kg) green turtle arrived from Kalamata. The turtle had ingested two hooks, one of which the veterinarian was able to remove immediately. The second hook may require surgical removal – at the moment, itʼs too early to tell.
ʽChristinaʼsʼ small tank did not stay empty for long: also on the 20th July, ʽPiouʼ, a tiny hatchling (17.0 cm, 0.840 kg loggerhead), arrived at the RC from Pireaus. The turtle is missing a front left flipper and seems to have a neck injury. In addition to those problems, someone carved the initials MD on the carapace of this tiny turtle. If anyone has any information about this turtle, please contact RC Co-ordinator Pavlo Tsaros (firstname.lastname@example.org 210-8944444).
Finally, on 24th July, an adult loggerhead arrived from Salamina with a head injury. Details about this new turtle, which had not been officially named at the time of this writing, will be available in the next report. Many thanks to Makrina for helping to get the turtle to the RC.
Visits from the People to People Ambassador student groups have finished for this year. We would like to thank all the groups who visited the RC for their help with various tasks and for their support. I personally would like to remind them to spread the word about the plight of sea turtles in all the worldʼs oceans, and that they are welcome to apply to work on ARCHELON projects once they are 18. It was our pleasure to meet you all!
Did you know ...
Just about every time visitors attend an environmental awareness presentation at the RC and learn about the destruction of the marine environment and all the species which inhabit it caused by humans, one of the questions they ask is, “Are there any laws regulating fishing practices?” While there are both national and international laws on the books, enforcing them isnʼt always that easy. Commercial fishing interests get around these laws by practices like flag-hopping and fishing under flags of conveniences, i.e. where some countries (usually those experiencing economic difficulties) will allow ships from foreign countries to register as local in order to take advantage of loopholes in the laws.
An interesting, people-friendly report on this and related issues can be found on the Massachusetts Institute of Technologyʼs Mission 2011 website: