03/11/2011

October ends with two more releases

“Petros” was a lucky juvenile loggerhead that was rescued within the harbor of Piraeus on the 17th of May 2011. After being x-rayed at BIOCARE medical center which has been collaborating with us, he was diagnosed with two injured flippers. He spent a few months in a small tank slowly regaining his strength. When his flippers started to heal, we slowly increased the levels of water. We also took him back for x-rays to check on his improvements.

After nearly five months at the Rescue Center, Ms Lito Kritseli, our veterinarian told us he was ready to go. He was taken out to be released but seemed to be stressed at first and stayed on the surface, so we took him back to the Center and gave him another week.

By that time, “Achilleas” was also ready to go. This other juvenile turtle was found in Mykonos a couple of days before “Petros”. He had swallowed two hooks. One was small and located in the lower intestine. He passed it through by himself. The second one, larger, was located in the esophagus. After he regained energy, Lito decided to operate in order to remove the hook. His recovery took a bit longer that planned.

Luckily, the number of sea turtles treated at the ARCHELON Rescue Center has decreased to 29 (from 39 that were treated in August). However, 21 have been released since the beginning of the year. You may visit these turtles at the Rescue Centre (3rd Marina – Glyfada) on weekends between 11:00am-17:00pm with free entrance. They are counting on us for a better chance in life, letʼs not disappoint them!

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