Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events of the week between 24th February and 1st March 2012.
Fortunately, there were no new turtle arrivals this week, but with several volunteers preparing to leave during the next few days and new ones scheduled to arrive, things were busy enough.
Three of our turtles have begun eating on their own, which is a sign they are recovering and hopefully can be released later this year:
“Savvas”, who recently had surgery to remove one of the two hooks (see X-ray photo in last weekʼs report) he had ingested, is doing well. He is being carefully monitored in the hope that the second hook, which was quite deep down in his esophagus, will pass through his system and be eliminated naturally.
“Adriano”, who had a head and carapace injury caused by a collision with a boat, is now diving and managing to pick up his food from the tank bottom. (As a result of his accident, half of his upper beak had been damaged and lost, making it difficult for him to pick up food.)
“Dionysos”, a small, blind, turtle, is also managing to find and eat food at the bottom of his tank. When he is well enough, he will probably be given a home in an aquarium, where he will be able to live in peace and safety.
Several of the X-rays of our recent arrivals reveal some interesting things, which we thought you might like to see.
“Vassilis” – two small hooks, which hopefully will be eliminated by him naturally, without surgery.
“Trifonas” – “Trifonas” had ingested a hook, which was removed by our veterinarian immediately upon his arrival, before X-rays were taken. To be sure there were no more hooks or internal injuries, he was taken for X-rays, which showed everything was okay. Now ... take a close look at the right middle section of the X-ray, close to the black edge – it looks like a crab, doesnʼt it – and may have been a part of “Trifonasʼ” dinner.
“Stella” – “Stellaʼs” X-rays revealed that, fortunately, she had no ingested hooks or internal injuries. Interestingly enough, some objects which look like small shellfish are visible in her X-ray – look closely at the right middle section, close to the black edge. What do you think?
Did you know...
the main natural threat to adult Caretta caretta sea turtles nesting in the Zakynthos area are Monk seals, also an endangered species! ARCHELON has been conducting research on this phenomenon for several years, and according to a 2011 article “Mediterranean monk seals present an ongoing threat for loggerhead sea turtles in Ζakynthos” by ARCHELONʼs D. Margaritoulis and S. Touliatou published in Marine Turtle Newsletter 2011, not only is the number of nesting turtles killed by Monk seals each year increasing, this predatory behavior towards sea turtles seems to be a behavior found only among the population of Monk seals living in this area. The complete article is available here on the ARCHELON site. http://www.archelon.gr/files/bibliography/%7B4%7DMargaritoulis11MonkSeal%20Predation.pdf
Have a nice week!