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Ηow important is it to protect adult sea turtles in the Med?

Ηow important is it to protect adult sea turtles in the Med?

A recent study of the clutch frequency of the loggerheads nesting in the southern gulf of Kyparissia, Greece by ARCHELON (2020) showed that the estimated number of sea turtles breeding in the Mediterranean may be overestimated by 73%. Now that we know there are fewer sea turtles breeding in the Mediterranean than we thought, more efforts to protect adult turtles must be taken up.

Donate now, more than ever

Donate now, more than ever

At a time when human affairs are postponed and delayed, life in nature does not stand still. Help us continue to protect and care for sea turtles in this difficult time. Your donation is needed to get us all together to a worthwhile tomorrow.

What is it that ARCHELON does, finally?

What is it that ARCHELON does, finally?

ARCHELON is a very busy organization throughout the year, but December is especially a time of outreach for volunteers and fund raising. All our efforts contribute to the rescue and conservation of sea turtles in Greece. If you like what we do, join us and support us! But what is it that we do, in a nutshell?

A loggerhead making a nest with her flipper wrapped in a fishing net

A loggerhead making a nest with her flipper wrapped in a fishing net

Through the Rescue Network, ARCHELON’s volunteers take care of 15 sea turtles entangled to fishing nets on average every year. Last August, however, the Zakynthos team was surprised to observe a loggerhead laying her nest on Kalamaki beach, with her front flipper tightly wrapped in a fishing net. This is adding to the evidence of the impacts of abandoned fishing nets in the Mediterranean on sea turtles.
 

ARCHELON’s retreat was a sea turtle summit at 1850m.

ARCHELON’s retreat was a sea turtle summit at 1850m.

Twenty “turtlers” responded to this call, reached mountain Tymphristos, a 4- hour- drive from Athens, and gathered in the mountain shelter Velouchi (1850 m. alt) on 1-3 November. You could argue that the place was too far from sea turtles. That’s right – we wanted it to be far enough from the beach and we succeeded!

ARCHELON's 9 conservation volunteer projects for 2020

ARCHELON's 9 conservation volunteer projects for 2020

In less than 100 km of sandy beaches in Greece, one can find almost 50% of the loggerhead nests laid in the Mediterranean. The fate of these eggs and nests rests with human vigilance. Unless they are protected, the population of the loggerhead in the Mediterranean will drop sharply within a few years.

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