What happened in the world of ARCHELON in 2023?


  • The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Glyfada, Athens was already quite busy on the first month of the year with 6 arrivals of injured and sick loggerhead turtles.

  • On January 20th and 21st, ARCHELON hosted at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Glyfada, the 2nd Workshop "Creating a Cooperation Network of Organizations Active in the Care of Wild Animals in Greece". This project is implemented within the framework of the Active Citizens Fund program, which is part of the financial mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA), and has as its vision to promote closer and more effective cooperation between the organizations involved in the care of wild animals in Greece. There with other wildlife organizations, we discussed various common concerns and attended interesting talks on wildlife welfare and rehabilitation.

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  • Have you ever wondered what is going on in one of ARCHELON’s Sea Turtle Protection projects? We got a taste of the life of an ARCHELON volunteer at the Rethymno Project with the new short film by EyeQ Productions. What will you do this summer? Is it your turn to save the sea turtles? Watch the movie and learn more about ARCHELON’s sea turtle protection projects here.

  • Knowledge and experience regarding the treatment and care of injured and sick sea turtles is increasing worldwide. This led to a workshop on February 11th and 12th on modern methods of rescue and care for sea turtles. The workshop was hosted by ARCHELON and the help of Wildlife Vets International, a non-profit organization from Britain, which has been supporting ARCHELON with educational visits from specialized scientists, as well as with medical and pharmaceutical material since 2019.

  • On February 20, we got together at Impact Hub in Athens for the Presentation of the Results of the 2022 actions! After two years of online presentations due to the pandemic, we finally managed to meet the friends and members of ARCHELON in person.

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We welcomed ‘Tortellini’ at the Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Athens, another case of a sea turtle with a severe carapace injury caused by a boat propeller.


The Field Leaders got ready for the new turtle season and attended the online training seminar on April 25-28 before they arrived at the nesting beaches.

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  • On the 5th of May, we waved goodbye to the Project Managers and the Field leaders for the nesting beaches!

  • On Saturday, May 27, the ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre looked different from all other days of the year because it welcomed hundreds of young and old visitors for the Turtle Festival 2023!

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On June 9th, the Kastoria Environmental Protection Society hosted the closing event of the project "Collaboration Network of Organizations Active in the Care of Wild Animals in Greece". As part of the event, the members of the Network agreed and signed a code of conduct about the care, welfare, and reintegration of wild animals they care for. It is worth looking back on what Daphne Mavrogiorgos, the Director of ARCHELON said about the Project coming to an end. “The project is completed, but our alliance does not stop here. The organizations that are members of the network will continue the cooperation in the next period because there are still issues that we need to work on and discuss."



On the 4th and 5th of July 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 in collaboration with ARCHELON. The partners, which are NGOS and regional organizations that work for sea turtle conservation across the Mediterranean, informed each other about their activities and plans and agreed on specific actions to sustain the partnership and the conservation activities around the Mediterranean.


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  • The ARCHELON Rescue Centre welcomed once again our small friends with the beginning of the new school year.
  • After 3 years of rehabilitation the moment of Lilo’s release arrived. He was transported to a quiet beach in Attica, where the ARCHELON team said goodbye to him. Lilo, with quick splashes, had finally returned to his home, the sea… Watch Lilo’s release back to the sea here.


Another successful reproductive season for sea turtles has come to an end and the Project Managers, Field Leaders and volunteers of ARCHELON packed up the research stations from the nesting beaches and returned to the Rescue Centre.


On November 8th ARCHELON celebrated 40 years of action at the Benaki Museum in Athens! Watch the whole video here and read more about it here 2023 ended with warm messages from the turtle community, friends, and supporters. We hope that the new year will bring alliances between organizations, better management in the protected areas and the will to contribute.

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Happy new year!



    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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    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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    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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    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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  11. OUR NEWS

    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.

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  12. OUR NEWS

    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.

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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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  14. OUR NEWS

    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.

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    World Tourism Day 2023: Are there sea turtle-friendly hotels in north Crete?

    But why is tourism important to sea turtles?

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