Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Center (December 2017)?
“To see a man’s true power, let him run free with nature. To see a man’s true nature, let him run free with power.” Unknown
It would have been a great holiday gift for ARCHELON if there were no new injured turtle arrivals at the RC in December. Unfortunately, this was not the case.
Many thanks to all the full-time volunteers from abroad and to the local day volunteers for helping care for the turtles and for maintaining the facilities at the RC.
On 21 December 2017, ‘Nicholas’, an adult male loggerhead with a carapace measuring 71.0 cm and weighing 45.0, arrived from Kefallonia with a head injury deliberately caused by human action. Unfortunately, the turtle’s injuries were so severe that he did not survive the trip to the RC. We would like to thank the Kefalonia Wildlife Sense team (https://wildlifesense.com/en/) for rescuing and administering first aid to this turtle, and for their continued collaboration with the ARCHELON Rescue Center.
Thanks to the relatively mild winter weather, it was possible to release four rehabilitated turtles back into the sea in December!
‘Maua’ had arrived from Kefalonia on 9 August 2017. The turtle, who had ingested a hook and line, had been rescued by the Kefalonia Wildlife Sense team. The loggerhead was successfully rehabilitated and released by beach at Kakia Thalassa on 7 December 2017.
‘Myra’, a loggerhead who had arrived on 17 August 2017 from Amvrakikos with a fishing line coming out of its cloaca, was successfully treated and rehabilitated. ‘Myra’ was released on 7 December 2017 from Kakia Thalassa.
‘Nikos’ had arrived at the RC on 18 August 2017 from Preveza with a head injury deliberately caused by human action. Fortunately, the turtle was successfully treated and rehabilitated, and released back into the sea on 13 December 2017 from Kakia Thalassa beach.
‘Joufflu’, who had been rescued by the Kefalonia Wildlife Sense team on 13 October 2017, had two ingested fishing hooks and fishing line. The turtle was successfully treated and rehabilitated, and released by beach at Kakia Thalassa on 13 December 2017.
As usual, the annual ARCHELON Christmas luncheon was held at the RC. Members of the board, ARCHELON staff, full-time volunteers and many part-time volunteers (who had time off from their normal jobs at that time) attended and got into the holiday spirit with good food, games, stories, and the ‘secret Santa’ gift sharing.
A personal note
As the year ends, I can’t help but look back at 2017. It was a year of great change at the RC; some of the changes were... painful, and yet many of them were positive and inspirational. Perhaps it is not my place as a volunteer to express my feelings in the official report, but because 2017 was an exceptional year, I find that I must. If we hadn’t known it before, I think we all learned the hard way that ‘tomorrow is not a given’.
It was amazing to see the way all the family of ARCHELON volunteers and staff pulled together to keep the RC going after the sudden, devastating loss of our beloved Pavlos, and how all of us are determined to keep alive his love and passion for saving sea turtles. Eirini Kasmati has been doing a fantastic job in taking on all the responsibilities which were Pav’s, and Dimitris Fytilis has also been a stabilizing figure at the RC during this difficult time.
There were also other administrative changes at ARCHELON which were bittersweet. For example, Theoni, the Volunteer Co-ordinator for so many years, returned from her leave, but Hara, who had been filling in for her for the last year or so, left, just to mention one example.
It was also amazing to see how the sea turtles, despite terrible injuries, fight to stay alive, and against all odds, many of them succeed! It was inspiring to meet or hear reports of the many people who found injured turtles and who did so much to rescue them and to support their treatment. It is also a pleasure to know that many groups in different parts of Greece are doing so much to save not only endangered sea creatures, but also to save and rehabilitate other animals, their habitats, and the environment.
I would also personally like to thank Dino, the coordinator of the group ARCHELON Volunteers in Greece, for organizing so many events for us volunteers. The museum visits and other events he is mainly responsible for help keep the volunteers’ sense of ‘family’ alive and well. Thanks also to all the local volunteers for giving up their free time on the weekends to give tours of the RC, to those volunteer drivers who get up in the middle of the night to pick up an injured turtle from the port or bus terminal, to everyone who takes on various jobs to maintain the RC facilities, like gardening, painting wagons, repairing things, updating stranding reports, and all kinds of other jobs.
Many thanks to:
Best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy, prosperous, successful 2018 filled with love and happiness!
Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Center (January-February 2018)?
ARCHELONʼs touching «Stories of 2017»
- OUR NEWS15/09/2023
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- OUR NEWS17/08/2023
World record of 37 years of reproductive life for a loggerhead sea turtle in Zakynthos, Greece – increased number of nests this summer, says ARCHELON
ARCHELON – the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece announces an important outcome of the systematic work of this year's sea turtle nest monitoring team in Zakynthos. Based on their long-term observations, ARCHELON managed to certify a new World Record of reproductive activity for loggerhead turtles.
- OUR NEWS07/08/2023
ATTENTION! Sea turtles are not pets: Do not touch them or feed them!
The Municipality of Eastern Mani and the Port Authorities requested the assistance of ARCHELON to inform beach users in the area of Limeni, near Mani, where 35 new incidents of sea turtle attacks on sea bathers have been recorded during this summer season. These are added to the already long list of 200 such records of previous years found in the nearby Health Center in Areopolis.
- OUR NEWS01/08/2023
Interview with a volunteer: Lea Heinen, Rescue Centre
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- OUR NEWS21/07/2023
Kids Beach Competition 2023: Make your own little sea turtle with natural materials and send us a photo!
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- OUR NEWS18/07/2023
Paving the way for next steps in conservation of marine turtles in the Mediterranean region
Last week the partner organizations of the project “Conservation of Marine Turtles in the Mediterranean Region” met for the 9th Steering Committee Meeting. The meeting was organized by SPA/RAC in the area of Kyparissia Bay, Greece on the 4th and 5th of July, 2023 in collaboration with ARCHELON.
- OUR NEWS04/07/2023
An offer to EXPERIENCED volunteers: You can now join the beach projects for 2-3 weeks!
The time is just right to join the projects again, even if you have only 2 or 3 weeks of available time. This offer is valid for August, September, October 2023. Apply through our new website and find out more about the dates and places you can join. More…
- OUR NEWS22/06/2023
The nesting season has begun! Learn what you can do if you find sea turtle tracks or nests on the beach
The nesting season for the loggerhead sea turtles has begun. The nests that are made in the areas monitored by ARCHELON and other collaborating groups are already being recorded. However, if you find tracks or nests on other beaches, you can also participate in the effort to record and protect these sporadic nests. Find out why it's important…
- OUR NEWS16/06/2023
A breath away from registering a new world record on the years of known active reproduction of a loggerhead sea turtle is ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece
This is the year when ARCHELON, a nonprofit environmental NGO, is celebrating 40 years of continuous and targeted action to save sea turtles in Greece and the Mediterranean. At the same time, the project teams of ARCHELON are ready to register the longest period of active reproduction known for the Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), in case it happens this year!
- OUR NEWS15/06/2023
A Saturday unlike any other - Turtle Festival 2023
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- OUR NEWS07/06/2023
Announcement for all past volunteers of ARCHELON: Shall we meet this September?
Highlight: Hi everyone! This year marks 40 years of ARCHELON’s action for protecting sea turtles in Greece. During these four decades, thousands of volunteers from many countries joined our sea turtle projects and the Rescue Centre to help save the turtles. Let’s meet again this coming September and celebrate the animals we saved during all these years.
- OUR NEWS07/04/2023
Waiting list for schools that want to visit the ARCHELON Rescue Centre
Thousands of Greek students visit the Centre and get informed about the value of protecting the environment through contact with a particularly beloved animal, the sea turtle. "All the available visiting hours until the end of the 2022-2023 school year have been booked, but there is a waiting list that is activated in case of cancellations", says Anna Kontoleon, ARCHELON’s Education Officer. More hours for online tours may be added in May if volunteers become available.
- OUR NEWS28/03/2023
People are supporting wildlife conservation
The donations and "adoptions" made at the Rescue Centre in Glyfada, Attica and at ARCHELON’s field projects in Zakynthos, the Peloponnese and Crete in 2022, reached the amount of €350,000. We did a lot last year thanks to all these people, who also made it possible for us to continue this year.
- OUR NEWS24/03/2023
We learned with deep sadness the passing away of Gail Schofield, a pronounced sea turtle researcher and former ARCHELON volunteer. Read more…
- OUR NEWS20/03/2023
More than half of the rehabilitated sea turtles got released back to the sea in 2022!
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