WORLD SEA TURTLE DAY
Today's World Sea Turtle Day finds all 40 tanks of ARCHELON in Glyfada occupied by injured and sick turtles earlier than has been observed in previous years. "We hope that no more injured turtles will arrive in the next few days. That is, at least until we release the first two, which have recovered, back to the sea," said Eirini Kasimati, the Rescue and Rehabilitation Officer.
What brings the turtles to the Rescue Center? Once again it is confirmed that the main reasons for their introduction correspond to the greatest threats facing the 7 species of sea turtles that live on the planet. The accidental capture of sea turtles in fishing gear along with ocean pollution and plastic result in the death of large numbers of turtles in all seas of the world, including the Mediterranean.
See all species of sea turtles and the main threats they are facing in the tribute «from World Ocean Day to World Sea Turtle Day» here.
Of the 40 turtles currently being treated at the Rescue Center, 19 have injuries to their flippers from entanglement in nets or have swallowed hooks and plastics. Moreover, 18 out of 40 bear head, eyes or shell injuries from deliberate hits, according to the data of Eirini.
See in detail the percentages in each category in the graph2.
However, the increased number of admissions up to June this year may not reflect an increase of human impacts on the marine environment. “We think it shows mainly a spontaneous response by more citizens, who hurried to collect the animals from the beach or the sea and arranged their transportation to the Rescue Center” said Dimitris Fytilis, the Rescue Center Officer. More than 1000 people contacted ARCHELON in 2020 in order to help injured turtles and nests or hatchlings, as well as to report dead turtles stranded on the shore. (You can see the numbers of admitted turtles in the last 5 years here).
Perhaps the hurdles of the pandemic have brought people closer to the suffering of wildlife, the environmental challenges and climate change. This thought strikes a note of optimism for the World Sea Turtle Day.
"Humans and turtles, we can all live together" is our motto. The Sea Turtle Rescue Center of ARCHELON has been operating since 1994. Through the story of each turtle and our scientific research, we demonstrate to thousands of students and other visitors the problems that humans create at sea and on the coasts and ways to deal with them.
This year the individual donations made so far and the personal support of the volunteers are not enough to keep the Centre running. We urgently need the support of the State and your help in order to continue the rescue and treatment of sea turtles and the educational activities for the environment.
You can make a donation or “adoption” of a sea turtle on the website of ARCHELON www.archelon.gr.
For more information contact:
Eirini Kasimati, Rescue & Rehabilitation Officer, Tel: 0030 6941 511 511, e-mail: email@example.com.
Dimitris Fytilis, Rescue Centre Officer, Tel. 0030 210 8982 600, 0030 6944 929 622, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The loggerhead sea turtles are back to the beaches of Crete to nest
8th June – 16th June: from World Oceans Day to World Sea Turtle Day
- OUR NEWS15/09/2023
Lilo, the tiny green turtle, made it back to the sea!
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- OUR NEWS17/08/2023
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- OUR NEWS07/08/2023
ATTENTION! Sea turtles are not pets: Do not touch them or feed them!
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- OUR NEWS01/08/2023
Interview with a volunteer: Lea Heinen, Rescue Centre
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- OUR NEWS21/07/2023
Kids Beach Competition 2023: Make your own little sea turtle with natural materials and send us a photo!
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- OUR NEWS18/07/2023
Paving the way for next steps in conservation of marine turtles in the Mediterranean region
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- OUR NEWS04/07/2023
An offer to EXPERIENCED volunteers: You can now join the beach projects for 2-3 weeks!
The time is just right to join the projects again, even if you have only 2 or 3 weeks of available time. This offer is valid for August, September, October 2023. Apply through our new website and find out more about the dates and places you can join. More…
- OUR NEWS22/06/2023
The nesting season has begun! Learn what you can do if you find sea turtle tracks or nests on the beach
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- OUR NEWS16/06/2023
A breath away from registering a new world record on the years of known active reproduction of a loggerhead sea turtle is ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece
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- OUR NEWS15/06/2023
A Saturday unlike any other - Turtle Festival 2023
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- OUR NEWS07/06/2023
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- OUR NEWS07/04/2023
Waiting list for schools that want to visit the ARCHELON Rescue Centre
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- OUR NEWS28/03/2023
People are supporting wildlife conservation
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- OUR NEWS24/03/2023
We learned with deep sadness the passing away of Gail Schofield, a pronounced sea turtle researcher and former ARCHELON volunteer. Read more…
- OUR NEWS20/03/2023
More than half of the rehabilitated sea turtles got released back to the sea in 2022!
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