Seven monitoring research projects for Caretta caretta during 2010, with ARCHELON support


  1. Environmental attitudes of volunteer conservationists. Hannah OʼMahoney, Cardiff University, UK

Hannah OʼMahoney is undertaking research funded by the British Economic and Social Research Council for an MSc in Social Science Research Methods at Cardiff University. Ιn-depth interviews will be conducted with volunteers participating in the Kyparissia Bay project, in order to explore their environmental beliefs and values. The analysis of data collected will help Hannah to make preliminary insights in order to pursue further research when she embarks on her PhD next September. Her interest at this point is to investigate the degree to which participantsʼ engagement with sea turtle conservation can be related to underlying pro-environmental values, and, through narrative analysis methods, investigate the relationship between environmentalism and self-perception.

  1. Effects of Artificial Light on Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) at Nesting Beaches in Rethymno on Crete, Greece: A Case Study. Sebastian Richter, Phillipps-University Marburg, Germany

3) Impacts of Global Warming on the Ecology of Loggerhead Turtles in the Mediterranean Sea Samir Patel, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Samir Patelʼs PhD project will span the next three seasons and includes attaching satellite telemetry systems on 30 adult female loggerheads nesting in Rethymno, Crete, in order to determine their post-nesting behavior. The telemetry systems provide several a variety of data, including locations, sea temperatures and depths experienced by each turtle. These data will allow Samir to determine how the turtles react and make use of the various conditions in the Mediterranean when returning from their nesting beaches to foraging sites. The ultimate goal is to use this information to predict how loggerhead turtles of the Mediterranean may react to the changing conditions of the sea associated with global warming. This project is undertaken under the guidance of Dr. Jim Spotila of Drexel University in Philadelphia, and Dr Steve Morreale of Cornell University, Ithaca New York for Samirʼs doctoral degree.

4) Thermal and spatial tracking of internesting loggerheads in Kyparissia Bay Tom Backof, Indiana Purdue University, Indiana, USA

5) An investigation of the gap between environmental awareness and environmentally friendly behaviour of tourists in Rethymno Natalie Pears, University of Nottingham, UK

The research is part of Natalieʼs dissertation for an MSc in Environmental Management. It is on environmentally responsible tourism, increasingly used to help protect the environment of holiday destinations by informing the tourists of the appropriate behaviour required. The project is taking place in Rethymno, Crete. As a nesting beach that is so heavily developed due to tourist activities, responsible tourism is extremely important. The study aims to analyse the information available on environmentally responsible tourism, how efficient it is and how effective it is at influencing tourist knowledge, attitudes and behaviours. Interviews will be conducted with those providing the information to determine their perspectives on responsible tourism. Using questionnaires, Natalie aims to determine efficiency, and how it affects tourist behaviour and attitudes towards the environment of their holiday destination.

6) Metabolism and gas exchange of loggerhead sea turtle nests in Zakynthos and Kyparissia Bay Jack Suss, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA USA

7) Inter-nesting behavior of loggerhead turtles in Rethymno, Crete, Greece Aliki Panagopoulou, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA, USA

This research is undertaken as part of Alikiʼs Masterʼs Thesis at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, USA. The study aims to look at the behaviour of sea turtles nesting in Rethymno, Crete during the period between two nesting events. Loggerhead sea turtles lay on average 1-4 clutches in a single season, with 13 – 22 days between each nesting event. The main objective of this project is to potentially identify areas these turtles prefer to be in and their swimming/diving patterns during those inter-nesting periods. To achieve this, radio transmitters and Time-Depth recorders are placed on nesting females during night survey work already undertaken by ARCHELON. This equipment is retrieved when the turtle returns to the beach about 15 days later. During the day, the location of the turtles is identified through radio tracking. The results of the study may play an important role in the compilation of management measures within the marine zone off the Rethymno nesting beach, helping to prevent casualties from speed boats or fishing activities.



    Coordination for the protection of sea turtles in Rethymno: Local authorities and tourism businesses join forces

    The meeting, which took place on April 5, 2024, in the building of the Regional Unit of Rethymno, touched upon key issues, such as the observance of conservation measures for the protection of the Loggerhead sea turtle. Given the tourist activity on the nesting beaches, the active participation of the tourism sector in the implementation of the measures is necessary.

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    "Tourists and turtles?" The environmental awareness campaign of ARCHELON spreads to the nesting beaches of the Loggerhead sea turtle

    After the pandemic, ARCHELON - the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece - is once again mobilizing on the path to sustainable tourism. The aim of the new campaign is to provide information on the appropriate code of conduct for visitors to all nesting beaches, in cooperation with the tourism sector.

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    LIFE MareNatura - The largest marine biodiversity program in Greece

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    Citizens inform us of sea turtle strandings

    ARCHELON started the effort to record the incidents of dead turtles washing up on the Greek shores in 1992. In recent years there has been an increase in these records which may be due to more of our fellow citizens reporting such incidents. Learn more…

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    Contributing to international developments on sea turtle research and conservation

    In the past, members of ARCHELON were actively involved in the elaboration of the Global Strategy for the Conservation of Marine Turtles, published in 1995, and nowadays three of our collaborators participate in the writing of the revised guidebook “Research and Management Techniques for the Conservation of Sea Turtles”.

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    The Over & Above Awards for 2023

    These are the ARCHELON Over & Above Awards for 2023.

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    The moving experience of Frederique at the Rescue Centre

    At ARCHELON, you'll have the opportunity to meet and work together with new people and form lasting friendships - a major benefit of volunteering.

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    Presentation of ARCHELON 2023 Results: Here is some good news!

    On Thursday February 15th, 2024, ARCHELON’s annual Presentation of Results took place downtown, at the Impact Hub Athens. When welcoming members, staff, collaborators, friends and volunteers, Daphne Mavrogiorgos, Director of ARCHELON, spoke about the multi-leveled action of ARCHELON during 2023.

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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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  10. OUR NEWS

    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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  11. OUR NEWS

    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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  12. OUR NEWS

    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.

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  13. OUR NEWS

    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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  14. OUR NEWS

    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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  15. OUR NEWS

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

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