Why should I adopt a baby turtle?
The phone doesn’t stop ringing. People are looking forward to the next excavation and they have a million questions. Whether they can see the baby turtles, whether they can bring their children to attend this magnificent moment and above all, up until when will they be able to attend it? Up until when will they be able to attend a procedure that only a few have the privilege to enjoy?
The first time you witness a newborn heading to the water is unbelievably touching and unique. Don’t forget that the journey the 6 centimeter turtle has just started is a perilous one for a baby freshly hatched. Large pebbles, rubbish and objects on the beach make its journey difficult. Sea birds and other animals are lurking threatening its life. Not to mention the people, who are enjoying their walk on the beach, ignorant of the possibility that they might cross paths with a newborn.
Hatching season has already started and it will last at least two more months. It is perhaps the most pleasant season for the people who love and admire the sea turtles and for the ARCHELON volunteers, who have been working hard for the last 6 months following the tracks of every sea turtle, protecting every nest and guiding the hatchlings safely to the sea. Let’s not also forget the people who are trying to contribute to the protection of this rare species daily by spreading the message of the ARCHELON Society.
Public excavations held by the ARCHELON volunteers in Crete and the rest of the nesting beaches in Greece, with the purpose of observing and recording the success rate of egg incubation, leave a bitter-sweet feeling. It’s a procedure that makes everyone happy when the success rate is high (meaning that most of the hatchlings managed to come to the surface and head to the sea) but it can also turn into a sad experience when the final percentage is below mediocre.
Seeing as only 1 out of 1000 newborns manage to survive natural and human dangers, it is essential to have a high egg incubation success rate because in this way we are more likely to have more sea turtles coming back to the beach they were born in.
Respect safety measures: For the above reasons it is essential that the businesses located on the beaches respect safety measures by turning off their lights at night, avoiding loud music and discouraging people from staying on the beach. The possibilities of coming across a newborn and stepping on it are very high so it is important to avoid walking on the nesting beaches at night.
Adopt a baby turtle: Unfortunately, it’s not about having a turtle at home like a pet. You can, however, help ARCHELON Society continue its action on the nesting beaches further in the future. Help ARCHELON protect even more sea turtles, newborns and their habitats. Help preserve this truly beautiful species, a priceless treasure for this country. I’m sure that the moment you will lay eyes upon the first hatchling you will feel the need to help it in any way possible. If you wish to support ARCHELON by adopting a baby turtle you can visit the site http://www.archelon.gr/eng/sponsoreaturtle_form.php
You can also pay a visit to the public excavations in Crete led by volunteers and, who knows, maybe you’ll have the chance to understand and feel what I’m talking about. And then, I’m sure you’ll be more than excited to “adopt” a baby sea turtle.
For more information:
Crete program coordinator,
(translation: Garyfallia Liepouri)