Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events of the week between 2nd March and 8th March 2012.
Fortunately, there were no new turtle arrivals again this week, but as usual things were busy enough.
“Eleftheria”, who came to the RC with a head injury in August 2011 from Preveza, has been unable to eat on her own and has been tube-fed. At the Rescue Centre, itʼs a standard procedure every day to offer a piece of fish by hand to tube-fed turtles in the hope of encouraging them to eat on their own; if they donʼt eat it, itʼs removed the next morning. Needless to say, itʼs always a happy event to find that the turtle has eaten the piece of fish overnight, and we are very glad to report that “Eleftheria” is finally showing interest in food and has eaten 1-2 pieces of fish by herself. This is the first step on the road to her release!
“Leonidas”, who has no visible external or internal injury, is not eating and is being tube-fed. We are awaiting the results of the blood tests being done in Thessaloniki, which had been arranged for, by the Hellenic Wildlife Hospital.
Did you know...
Sea turtles face a triple threat from global warming. According to an article on the Sea Turtle Restoration Society website (http://www.seaturtles.org/article.php?id=988), turtles are in danger in the following ways:
- Rising sea levels caused by melting of the polar ice caps is causing many sea turtle nesting beaches to disappear. Since sea turtles always return to nest on the same beach where they were hatched, will they be able to adapt? According to the article, genetic studies indicate that it may take 10,000 years for new turtle nesting sites to become established.
- Since the gender of sea turtles is determined by the temperature of the nest in which the eggs are incubating, higher temperatures could result in all female sea turtles, directly leading to the speciesʼ extinction.
- Increased water temperatures can change ocean currents which migrating turtles, especially hatchlings, rely on during their journeys. In addition, warmer temperatures impact the food resources for turtles and most other marine species.
Have a nice week!