Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre (January 2016)?

Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1-31 January 2016.

Although there usually aren’t many arrivals of injured turtles during the winter months (except for those suffering from hypothermia), this month seemed to follow the same pattern as the rest of the unusual, violent events taking place all over the planet.

Turtle news:

Turtles currently being treated: 23

This is a challenging number of turtles to care for during the winter months. The main problem is keeping the water in all the tanks at the proper temperature: Since turtles are cold-blooded like all reptiles, they cannot regulate their body temperature and are adversely affected by the cold.

Kasjpy’, a Caretta carretta (carapace length 66 cm, weight 32 kilos), arrived from Poros on 3 January 2016. She was bleeding from her mouth and about 20 cm of ingested fishing line was hanging out of it. The X-ray didn’t show any ingested hook, so the veterinarian gently tried to pull out some of the line by hand. About 2.7 meters of line was removed, but there is still more inside. Ingested fishing line is one of the most dangerous types of injuries for a sea turtle since the line can seriously damage a turtle’s internal organs and digestive track. She is being given special pharmaceutical oil to help her pass the remaining line naturally, if possible.

On 9 January 2016, a severely injured loggerhead arrived at the RC from Nafplio. The turtle had been the victim of a brutal attack by someone: her jaw was smashed and dislocated, and she had a long knife cut down her plastron, with several broken plastron pieces from stab wounds. Because the turtle was still alive, she was transported to the RC in the hope that something could be done to ease her suffering. Unfortunately, she died shortly after her arrival. A video reporting this incident and showing the turtle was filmed and posted online by a local news station and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9dS5fFkOfw (WARNING: the pictures are quite graphic!)

On 16 January 2016, ‘Niki’, a loggerhead (carapace length 21.3 cm, weight 1.5 kilos) was brought to the RC by a family who had found her washed ashore onto nearby Voula Beach. The turtle had visible injuries on her front left flipper and her plastron, possibly due to being thrown against the rocks by the waves. The turtle seemed to be suffering from hypothermia, and X-rays revealed that all her flippers were broken. Unfortunately, she would not eat and her small size added to her problems. She died on 22 January 2016.



On 21 January 2016, another turtle which had been found on the same beach in Nafplio as the unfortunate turtle found on 9 January, arrived at the RC. This turtle had similar injuries on its plastron: A long, deep cut down the whole length of it. The turtle had lost a lot of blood, and some of its internal organs were coming out from the cut. After examining the turtle, the veterinarian concluded that unfortunately nothing could be done to save it, and it passed away the night of 22 January. As with the first turtle, this incident was recorded and posted online: http://www.zougla.gr/perivallon/article/nafplio-epixirisi-diasosis-travmatismenis-8alasias-xelonas (WARNING: the pictures are quite graphic!)


We would like to thank all the caring people from all over Greece who helped rescue and transport these turtles!

Other news

If you have a few hours of free time each week and are interested in volunteering to help save sea turtles, please contact Yiannis or Polymnia at the RC at 6941 511 511. There is an official ARCHELON volunteer group, which meets regularly to help plan events, to talk about issues... and to relax and have fun.

Did you know...

Besides all the other dangers that sea turtles face, a new one has been brought to light by a team of researchers from Duke University, the University of Hawaii and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): pollution around the Hawaiian islands caused by high levels of nitrates from agricultural runoff is causing lethal tumors in the endangered sea turtle population. For more information and photos, see





    Lilo, the tiny green turtle, made it back to the sea!

    In November 2021 a small green turtle arrived at the ARCHELON Rescue Centre with a very serious head injury. After almost two years of intensive care, one Wednesday in September 2023 he was finally discharged and returned to the sea!

    Read more

    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.

    Read more

    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.

    Read more

    Interview with a volunteer: Lea Heinen, Rescue Centre

    Interview with a volunteer: Lea Heinen, Rescue Centre Lea shares her experience volunteering at the ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre: “I think when a turtle starts to eat after a month of trying, when you can see the improvement or healing of a turtle's injury and when a turtle is released back into the sea, into its natural habitat, into its home - then you know that you are indeed saving turtles”.

    Read more

    Kids Beach Competition 2023: Make your own little sea turtle with natural materials and send us a photo!

    Help us spread the message about the protection of sea turtles by making your own baby turtles with natural materials you will find on the beach. Sand, stones, pebbles, shells, seaweed, sticks and whatever else you have available, can be transformed with a little imagination! Take a photo of your work and send it to the ARCHELON Beach Competition.

    Read more

    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.

    Read more

    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…

    Read more

    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…

    Read more

    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!

    Read more
  10. OUR NEWS

    A Saturday unlike any other - Turtle Festival 2023

    ARCHELON invites kids and adults to celebrate the environment and the sea in an exciting way at the "Sea Turtle Festival" on Saturday, May 27 at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in the 3rd Marina of Glyfada.

    Read more
  11. OUR NEWS

    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.

    Read more
  12. OUR NEWS

    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.

    Read more
  13. OUR NEWS

    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.

    Read more
  14. OUR NEWS

    Gail Schofield

    We learned with deep sadness the passing away of Gail Schofield, a pronounced sea turtle researcher and former ARCHELON volunteer. Read more…

    Read more
  15. OUR NEWS

    More than half of the rehabilitated sea turtles got released back to the sea in 2022!

    The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre of ARCHELON in Glyfada rescues, takes care of and rehabilitates injured sea turtles from all parts of Greece since 1994. More than half of the sea turtles that were under care at the Rescue Centre in 2022 got released back to the sea after reaching full recovery this year! Read more…

    Read more
1 out of 0
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Learn about our latest actions and find out about our programs and how you can help sea turtles!