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Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre?

Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events of the week between 5th and 12th February 2012.

As they say, ʽNo news is good news,ʼ so thereʼs not much news this week. We are happy to report that we didnʼt have any turtle arrivals or departures this week, nor did we have any volunteer arrivals or departures.

Turtle update

“Paris”, a 10-kilo Caretta caretta, arrived at the Centre on 12 September 2011 from Skyros. He had a deep head wound of the type which can only be deliberately inflicted by human hands. Because of his head injury, Paris is unable to dive and so must be fed by hand every day. At first it appeared as though he was blind, since at feeding time he had trouble locating where the fish was being offered to him; he swam around his tank in circles, snapping at the air and constantly bumping into the side of the tank. Later, it was determined that he can see, but most likely is experiencing disorientation problems due to his injury. In spite of this, he is a lively turtle and is generally in good health. Hopefully, he will recover in time and be able to be released.

Did you know...

In 2002 ARCHELON initiated its first telemetry project, in Amvrakikos Bay. This was part of the EU co-funded LIFE-Nature project held by ETANAM, the management agency of Amvrakikos Bay.

Two forms of telemetry were employed: remote sensing, using Argos satellites and Platform Terminal Transmitters (PTTs), and manual tracking, involving identifying the turtles' position using radio receivers whilst in the vicinity of the turtle.

The PTTs send signals that are received by orbiting Argos satellites. The satellites convert the messages into location fixes and store any extra data transmitted by the PTTs. This information is now automatically collected and managed by STAT, a free program provided by seaturtle.org. It provided interesting results, including tracking of a loggerhead from the Bay for over 2,000 km to the shores of Syria and Turkey.

An on-going research programme, which began in 2004, evolved from the telemetry project. Researchers now catch sea turtles by hand in the shallow waters of Amvrakikos Bay. The turtles are measured, photographed and tagged, and samples are taken for genetic analysis. The size and structure of the population and growth rates of individuals are expected to be assessed by this programme. These facts are important in understanding the ecology of loggerhead turtles in Greece, the Mediterranean and across a wider area.

If you would like to help, you can adopt an Amvrakikos Bay study turtle for 50 euros. Your donation will directly support the continuation of the project, whose operating costs include transport and accommodation for the research team and vehicle repair and maintenance, in addition to logistical and administrative support.

  • Adopting an Amvrakikos Bay turtle uniquely identifies the turtle to you!
  • You can name your turtle!
    • You will receive a Sponsorʼs Pack, which contains:
    • a large, glossy photo of the turtle you have sponsored
    • a Certificate of Sponsorship
    • details of the turtle's observation history (All turtles have an observation history dating back at least two years.)
    • You will receive email updates if and when your turtle is seen at any time after your sponsorship starts.
Click here to become a sponsor online, or call the ARCHELON office for more information.

Have a nice week!

Joanne Stournara

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