Ordinary heroes of the protection of sea turtles
Our everyday hassle for carrying out everything that matters to our personal world, our duties and obligations, does not often leave us with the energy to appreciate the wonderful world surrounding us. Nature at large and the millions of living organisms that support our planet go largely unnoticed.
Suddenly one reads on the screen the phrase: “There is a phone number people can call when an injured sea turtle is found – we’re on the line 24/7.”It is about ARCHELON’s Rescue Center! “The turtle is brought here to the rescue centre by bus, ferry or sometimes even by plane.”
Behind each sea turtle reaching the Rescue Center there are people: the people who saw it, who reported to the authorities, who called the Rescue Center and got instructions, who carried it with their car. Those who talked to the drivers of the buses, the crews of the ferry boats or aircrafts. There are the trained volunteers who waited to get the injured animal and everybody else supporting the Rescue Center operations. They are ordinary people, but at the same time it seems they are also heroes because they accepted such an unusual action to interfere with their every day hassle.
There are more of these stories from other Mediterranean countries, collected through collaboration in Life Euroturtles, a programme co funded by the European Union and the partners, amongst which is ARCHELON.
See more at THE EU brings ordinary heroes together.