Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre (October 2015)?
Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1-31 October 2015.
‘Liam’, who had arrived on 19 September 2015 with an ingested hook and flipper injury, is doing well. The hook was able to be removed without surgery, which is always a good thing for the turtle.
Three new turtles arrived in October. All are receiving drips and antibiotics and are in stable conditions:
‘Retsina’, a green turtle (46 cm carapace, 10.5 kilos) arrived from Volos on 7 October 2015. The turtle has a severe head injury and a jaw injury.
‘Dimitris-Pavlos’, a loggerhead, arrived from Preveza on 23 October 2015 with a human-inflicted head injury. The turtle is the biggest one we have had in 2015: his carapace measures 92 cm and he weighs 77.5 kilos. Because of his large size, he has to be put into one of the big, outdoor tanks, which will be difficult to keep properly heated during the winter. (Although I do my best to report the news objectively, I have to say that seeing this huge, majestic creature struggling is very difficult. We don’t know his age, but based on his size, he has managed to survive and thrive for a long time, and it’s truly a crime to see him in this condition, caused by a ‘human’.)
‘Ioli’, a loggerhead (carapace 49 cm, 14 kilos), arrived on 26 October 2015 from Evia. Suffering from hypothermia, she was a victim of the brief (but obviously dangerous) cold spell which had hit our area at that time.
Many thanks to everyone involved in rescuing and transporting these turtles.
Unfortunately, one turtle died as a result of his injuries. ‘Alan’, a loggerhead (77.5 cm carapace, 51 kilos) who had arrived on 25 August 2015 from Amfilochia with a human-inflicted head injury, died on 15 October 2015.
And now for the good news: After the brief cold spell, the weather has improved, which means that we have more time to release rehabilitated turtles back into the wild:
‘Barbara’, a loggerhead (carapace length 72.5 cm, weight 33.5 kilos) who had arrived on 19 June 2015 from Amfilochia with a human-inflicted head injury, was released 2 October 2015 by beach.
‘Georgia’ a loggerhead (68 cm carapace, 21.5 kilos) who had arrived on 8 June 2014 from Patras with a human-inflicted head injury, was released on 21 Oct by beach.
‘Ilias’, a loggerhead who had arrived 12 August 2015 from Lavrio with a flipper injury, was released on 29 October 2015 by boat into the Saronic Gulf.
‘Jo’, a loggerhead (59.5 cm carapace, 26 kilos), had arrived on 18 September 2015 from Zakynthos, was released by beach on 30 October 2015. The turtle had no visible injuries, but an X-ray revealed that she had shell compaction (i.e. her stomach was full of shells). Fortunately, she recovered quickly and was released.
On 18 October 10, 2015, ARCHELON joined forces with several other local volunteer organizations to organize a clean-up of various areas of Glyfada. Each organization ‘adopted’ an area of Glyfada and organized a clean-up of it. The ARCHELON RC had ‘adopted’ the area in front of the RC as well as the nearby beach. This is the second year that this event has taken place, and was a great success in all the areas involved as more people join in every year.
Did you know...
Climate change affects all sea turtles in a negative way. Besides loss of nesting beaches due to rising sea levels, temperatures can also affect the sex ratios of the incubating eggs. There are many articles about these new challenges to the already-endangered sea turtle species, for example: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140317-turtles-green-turtles-scattered-islands-europa-mayotte-glorieuses-longlining-bycatch-world/
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Sea turtles in the Greek wetlands of international importance
World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2. These vulnerable areas of the planet are a refuge for migratory birds and other wildlife species, including sea turtles. ARCHELON is present in wetlands that play an important role for sea turtles, such as the Amvrakikos Gulf.
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Why are ARCHELON’s projects international?
ARCHELON’s sea turtle conservation projects are organized with the valuable contribution of volunteers who come to Greece every year not just from Europe but from more distant places such as South Korea, Australia, and Colombia. Speaking English while carrying out fieldwork or public awareness activities as well as when interacting with each other in the campsites is essential to the projects.
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ARCHELON has been running a special hospital for sea turtles with tanks and impressive old train wagons for 30 years in Glyfada
Turtles with IV and bandages, rehabilitation and recovery tanks, special environmental enrichment equipment, recovery greenhouses, and… renovated train wagons! The hospital for injured and sick turtles that ARCHELON has set up in the 3rd marina of Glyfada, next to the sea, is certainly something out of the ordinary.
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What happened in the world of ARCHELON in 2023?
A world record for reproductive life for a sea turtle and 40 years of ARCHELON’s actions for protecting sea turtles are some of the moments we celebrated together this year. So, what happened in the world of ARCHELON in 2023? Here are some highlights of the past year.
- OUR NEWS21/12/2023
Assuming responsibility for the environment brings more meaning into our lives
“ARCHELON is an opportunity, not only for the animals and the ecosystems, but also for us who participate in it and for the society in which we operate”. Thomas Arapis, President and founding member of ARCHELON, talks about the efforts of the organization and about what he aspires for the future.
- OUR NEWS20/12/2023
Forty years later: the world of ARCHELON has expanded
Thomas Arapis, President and founding member of the Association gives the current coordinates of ARCHELON. "We encounter many turtles in our daily activities, and even more people, many more people actually, who help us. Amongst them are the people who work for us, they stand out for they represent the Association out there, through thick and thin".
- OUR NEWS20/12/2023
19 Environmental NGOs ask the Greek Government not to consent to a change in the wolf protection status in Europe
- OUR NEWS15/12/2023
Messages of love from the world turtle community!
Celebrating ARCHELON's 40th Anniversary we have received warm messages from the turtle community worldwide
- OUR NEWS14/12/2023
When the past becomes a lighthouse for the future
Thomas Arapis, the President of ARCHELON and one of its founding members talks about the quality and values, and the people who marked the setting up and subsequent action of ARCHELON. “Dimitris Margaritoulis taught us, not only the methodology for monitoring and protecting them, but also what it means to organize tasks, take responsibility, work as a team, evaluate our course and cooperate with each other”, he says.
- OUR NEWS12/12/2023
Notes of a volunteer (Part 2): Ηead trauma happens more often and is more serious than you think
Jessica Van Damme who volunteered at the ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre for 6 weeks in 2023, talks about what she learned while taking care of sea turtles with human caused injuries.
- OUR NEWS04/12/2023
Notes of a volunteer (Part 1): Jessica Van Damme was at the Rescue Centre
“During my 6-week stay, there were more than 30 injured sea turtles being treated at the Rescue Centre. Seven of them were successfully released, but, during the same period there were five new arrivals – all turtles with human-caused injuries. We, humans, are their biggest threat!”, writes Jessica.
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Summer 2024: Come back to sea turtle conservation as a leader!
Joining or returning to ARCHELON’s sea turtle projects as a Field Leader will give you the opportunity to lead specific activities as well as train and help others in the projects. These positions provide a higher level of experience in nature conservation/ environment protection, as well as improved communication and leadership skills. Hurry and apply now! Only a limited number of experienced and skilled volunteers are selected to serve as leaders in each project.
- OUR NEWS23/11/2023
The establishment of the “Amvrakikos Alliance”
The Alliance's vision in collaboration with the local community is to highlight the unique ecological value and the natural and cultural heritage of Amvrakikos, for the most effective management, restoration, and protection of its ecosystems and biodiversity.
- OUR NEWS16/11/2023
Kids Beach Competition 2023: Turtles made of natural materials that stole our hearts!
The little friends of ARCHELON who participated in the Kids Beach Competition 2023 formed turtles from pebbles, sand, water, rocks, sticks, leaves and shells, spreading the message of protecting sea turtles on the various beaches of Greece. Angeliki's (7 years old) little turtle on top of the big rock stole 694 hearts and became the winner!
- OUR NEWS15/11/2023
The Field Leaders of 2023 and their role
Matthew from the UK, Noha from France, David from the Netherlands, Aris from Greece started one summer as volunteers knowing little about turtles and their protection. Their experience made them return to the conservation projects as Field Leaders to take on more responsibilities, as trainers and mentors for new volunteers.