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Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre?

Releases:

“Panagiota” and “Evaggelia”, two large turtles who had been brought to the RC in August with (fortunately-not-too-severe) head injuries, were released at Legrena Beach. Their wounds had healed well after the treatment they received at the RC, and since they had no buoyancy problems and could dive and eat by themselves, were given the green light by the veterinarian for release back into the sea. As soon as they were put on the beach, they wasted no time in crawling into the sea and very quickly diving and swimming out of sight. Good luck to both! (For more information, see the detailed article about them in our news page.)

New arrivals:

“Yiannis” (not to be confused with the former, smaller “Yiannis” who had been treated and released earlier this year), a large turtle who had ingested fishing line and also had some entangled around his head and front flippers, was brought to the RC from Daskaleio (Sounion). The line was removed, and his injuries were treated to prevent infection. He was X-rayed, and they confirmed that he ingested a hook, which is lodged in his throat. He will be operated on soon.

Unfortunately, some bad news: a baby turtle was sent to the RC from Mykonos. She had no visible injuries, and was given basic first aid treatment immediately upon her arrival (a drip, kept warm, etc.) to stabilize her, before being taken for X-rays and examination by the vet. However, she passed away several hours later due to unknown cause. A necropsy will be performed to try and determine what her problem was.

Happenings:

“Marina” and “Cleo”, two of our larger (and ever-hungry) turtles, both with head injuries, had been moved to the large, outdoor tanks in the summer for observation of their swimming and diving behavior. It was hoped that they had recovered enough to be released this season. Unfortunately, they are still having some difficulties which prevent their being released this year, so they were moved back into smaller tanks in the greenhouse for the winter.

“Maria” who came to the RC in August with a carapace injury, was recovering well and had been moved into a large, outdoor tank for observation. Showing signs of buoyancy disorder, she will need to spend the winter in the greenhouse. She will be hopefully moved back outside next spring.

“Myriam”, our only green turtle, doesnʼt eat on her own. In respect of her speciesʼ vegetarian preferences, she is tube fed a special mix of fresh spinach and other nutritious-for-turtles food.

If you would like to be a part-time/day volunteer at the RC, please contact Pavlo at rescue@archelon.gr. Besides working directly with the turtles, there are lots of other things to be done: like maintaining the buildings, plumbing and taking care of the grounds, etc. – in fact, there is something for everyone to do!

Joanne Stournara

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