Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events of the week between 30th March and 5th April 2012.
All the big, outdoor tanks which had been empty during the cold and dark winter months are now being inspected, receiving routine maintenance, and being cleaned in preparation for moving some of the turtles out of the intensive care unit and back into the sunlight. The tanks have been filled, and the water temperature is checked several times each day. As soon as the weather permits, turtles whose health has improved will be moved into the big tanks so that their diving, swimming, and eating behavior can be observed and recorded in preparation for their release back into the sea.
“Thessa”, a 28-kilo female Caretta caretta, arrived at the Rescue Centre late on the evening of 29th March 2012 from Chalkidiki. After being found, she had been taken to the Aristotle University, received a thorough examination there and was then sent on to the ARCHELON Rescue Centre. “Thessa” has an identification tag placed by colleagues in Turkey, who were notified of her rescue and subsequent relocation to Athens. She has a head injury, which seems to be an old one that had healed. Her X-rays did not indicate any internal problems (such as hook ingestion), and our veterinarian could not find any evidence of what was wrong. So, for the moment, she is being monitored and receiving basic care. Many thanks to everyone both at the University and those who helped with her safe transport to the Rescue Centre.
“Fotini”, who had arrived last week (24th March), was X-rayed and found not to have ingested any hooks. Based on some distinctive scars she has, it is possible she was injured by a trawling net. She is receiving basic care and being monitored. She still hasnʼt started eating by herself and will probably begin to be tube-fed next week
“Panos” and “Leonidas” have started to eat by themselves. So, two more turtles are on the road to being released!
Did you know...
Whatʼs the difference between trawling and trolling? How about gillnets vs seine nets? Just how destructive to the marine environment are these techniques and practices, and what is their role in climate change? Did you know that, in addition to being rated according to the level of environmental damage they cause, fishing techniques are also rated according to the carbon footprint they leave behind?
To find out more, you might want to read a brief – but informative – illustrated brochure containing an extract of a report (PDF format) published by the Seas-At-Risk organization. The illustrated brochure, entitled Reducing the Footprint: Moving Towards Low Impact Fisheries, presents an overview of the different fishing technologies used in the EU today and their impact on both the marine environment and climate change. http://assets.ocean2012.eu/publication_documents/documents/17/original/Reducing_the_Footprint-_Moving_towards_Low_Impact_Fisheries.pdf
Special note: Just a few weeks left before the Earth Day celebration at the Rescue Centre on Sunday, 22nd April 2012. Keep watching the website for details.
(Due to the Easter holidays, the next report will be posted the week of 23rd April 2012.)