Joanne, what's new at the Rescue Centre? (5-12 to 12-12-11)
“Maria”, a 46-kilo turtle who arrived at the RC on 25th August from Lagonisi with a carapace injury and a hook she had ingested, finally started to eat on her own! This is a positive sign that she is recovering and is the first step towards her release!
“Myriam”, the only green turtle at the RC, recently arrived from Rhodes with a head injury. She is quite sensitive and jumps at the slightest sound, which is something none of the Carettas do. She is being treated and monitored, and hopefully in time will recover and be released. (For details about Myriam, click on her name at this page: http://www.archelon.gr/eng/pedio_xelones.php?row=row5.)
“Giannoula” is our latest arrival. She has a severe head injury and was brought to the RC by car by the people who found her in Evia. (For details, click on her name at this page: http://www.archelon.gr/eng/pedio_xelones.php?row=row5.)
Our veterinarian Dr. Lito has been busy with surgeries recently: “Alkyoni” (http://www.archelon.gr/eng/pedio_xelones.php?ttid=88&row=row5) had a hook removed from her esophagus, “Alexis” had the stitches from his recent hook-removal surgery replaced since they had become infected, and “Manolis” had the bone which had been part of the flipper he lost removed. All three turtles are doing well.
After a summer of hard work treating a record number (41) of injured turtles, some very positive things are happening at the RC. Many of the turtles have recovered from their injuries, can once again dive and eat food on their own, and are being released while weather conditions are still favorable. Last week, one of the turtles released was Kanella, a 30-kilo male Caretta caretta who arrived at the RC on 9 July from Lakonia. (Kanella had initially been given a female name before his sex was determined.) (For more details about Kanella's release, click here: http://www.archelon.gr/eng/ournews.php?row=row10&nid=433.)
Several days later, the RC was notified (thanks to Kanellaʼs ID tag) that he had been rescued at Paros. He had managed to get fishing line wrapped around his neck this time. Fortunately, he had fallen into caring hands: the line was removed, he was examined, and released. Hopefully, once he reaches the open sea after Paros, he wonʼt have any more adventures with fisheries!
On Monday 5th December, Vicky, a smaller turtle who came to the RC on 7th June 2011 with a head injury which had been intentionally inflicted by human hands, enthusiastically returned to the sea. She took off like a shot, and quickly dove out of sight. The last glimpse we had of her was when she briefly came up for air near the two buoys marking the beach boundary, then dove and was gone. Bon voyage, Vicky!
Did you know…?
The sex of Caretta caretta hatchlings is determined by the temperature of the sand where their nest is. Eggs from cooler nests hatch as males, and eggs from warmer nests hatch as females.
By Joanne Stournara