Messages of love from the world turtle community!

Celebrating ARCHELON's 40th Anniversary we have received warm messages from the turtle community worldwide

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My hearty congratulations for all your contributions to marine turtle conservation and science!

Professor Frank V. Paladino, President of The Leatherback Trust, Director of The Marine Conservation & Biology Center of Excellence, Purdue University, USA

CONGRATULATIONS! A few years ago, after reading Anna's book "This is what I would like to tell you" (marking the 30th anniversary) I was convinced more than ever that ARCHELON should have permanent support from the EU - and the UN-, and moreover. Every delegation of these auspicious international organizations must participate in at least a couple days' fieldwork every year with ARCHELON volunteers. There could be no better way to build and strengthen much needed collaboration between diverse people.

Dr Jack Frazer, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

Congratulations ARCHELON! For many more years!!!

Dr Jesús TOMÁS, Unidad de Zoología Marina, Instituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva, Universitat de València, Spain

Much as I would love a little trip to Greece to celebrate with you I will not be able to, but many congratulations! What an amazing achievement!

Professor Annette C. Broderick, Chair in Marine Conservation, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, UK

Congratulations ARCHELON! I am sure that this is a “life commitment”, and I really admire your work for such long time!

Neca Azevedo Marcovaldi, PhD, Diretora Nacional Conservação e Pesquisa, Fundação Projeto Tamar, Brazil

Congratulations for the 40th anniversary of ARCHELON. I am happy of having collaborated so many years with you (over 30 yrs) and, like many other conservation organizations, benefited from your very sound work. I will never forget my first visit to the beaches of Zakynthos, the thrill of seeing a turtle lying eggs. I wish you all a most success celebration and all the very best for the next 40 years.

Eladio Fernandez-Galiano, Secretariat of Bern Convention, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France

Congratulations for this anniversary and the work done. The large increase of loggerhead nesting in western Mediterranean sea that we observed these last years is (I believe it!) certainly not disconnected with the conservation effort you manage since all these years in the eastern Mediterranean!

Claude Miaud, PhD, Directeur, Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, France

Congratulations for this anniversary and your conservation efforts done along 40 years. Hope you will continue!

Mohamed Nejmeddine Bradai, PhD, Director, Institute of Marine Resources, Sfax, Tunisia

Congratulations ARCHELON!

Dr Burak Ali Çiçek, Eastern Mediterranean University, Northern Cyprus

My most sincere congratulations for all the decades of work to better understand, publicize and protect sea turtles from your country Greece with your leadership. Just as Greece was once a light that illuminated culture in the Mediterranean, ARCHELON has also been our role model for many years in this field of research and conservation that we are passionate about. On behalf of the Spanish Society of Herpetology and on my own, my warmest congratulations on this happy 40th anniversary.

Juan A. Camiñas, PhD, Asociación Herpetológica Española, Spain

Wonderful to hear about the 40 years of ARCHELON! Congratulations and all the best for your celebrations.

Professor Kartik Shanker, Indian Institute of Science, Centre for Ecological Sciences, Bangalore, India

Congratulations! Your group has done fantastic work over the past four decades!! Enjoy your well-deserved celebration!

Jeanne A. Mortimer, PhD, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles

Congratulations on 40 years of amazing success! I first visited you in the late 1980s, back when you were dealing with thugs on the beach. Unfortunately, I cannot make the 40th anniversary celebration, but I have the day marked on my calendar. There will be glasses lifted in Hawaii on November 8, to celebrate the many accomplishments of ARCHELON!

Professor Brian Bowen, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii, Kaneohe, Hawaii



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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?

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    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.

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    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".

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    19 Environmental NGOs ask the Greek Government not to consent to a change in the wolf protection status in Europe

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    The establishment of the “Amvrakikos Alliance”

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    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!

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    The Field Leaders of 2023 and their role

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