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Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre in July 2015?

 Our volunteer at the Rescue Centre Joanne Stournara updates us on the events from 1-15 July 2015.

Number of turtles currently being treated: 31

As is usual this time of year, the summer weather brings sea turtles, boaters, beach users and fishermen into more frequent contact with each other, resulting in more injuries to the turtles and, therefore, a lot more work at the Rescue Centre.

Arrivals

ʽMaurikiosʼ came to the RC from Thessaloniki on 1 July 2015. He is a loggerhead with a 62.5-cm carapace and who weighs 27 kilos. He has a very severe head injury, including a partially cut off front beak, most likely caused by a collision with a propeller.

Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre in July 2015?ʽIriniʼ, a loggerhead whose carapace measures 31.2 cm and who weighs 3.6 kilos, arrived at the RC on 6 July from Skopelos. The turtle has a severe carapace injury, most likely caused by a collision with a propeller.


ʽGeorgiaʼ came to the RC on 8 July 2015 from Patras with a severe head injury, which had been deliberately inflicted by human hands. Her carapace measures 68 cm and she weighs 31.5 kilos. The turtle (a loggerhead) was helped by the same team from the Kotychi-Strofylia Wetlands Managing Body (http://www.strofylianationalpark.gr/index.php/en/home-en2/84-strofylia-en/175-xairetismos-en) who had rescued other turtles last month.

ʽKymaʼ (a loggerhead whose name means ʽwaveʼ in English), came to the RC on 12 July from Lakonia with a light head injury. Her carapace measures 43 cm and she weighs 31.5 kilos. She was found and rescued by the ARCHELON field team working in Lakonia. In addition to her head injury, she had also ingested plastic, which she started to expel into her tank after her arrival.

ʽChristinaʼ, who is a loggerhead with a head injury and ingested hooks, came to the RC on 13 July from Strofilia. She has a 68.5-cm carapace and she weighs 36 kilos. She was found and rescued by the staff of the Kotychi-Strofylia Wetlands Managing Body. Many thanks to Dionysius and his colleagues for their help and support in rescuing injured turtles. ʽChristinaʼ has four small hooks imbedded in her throat; two have already been removed without surgery, and it is hoped the remaining two will also be able to be removed soon.

ʽZeraʼ is a loggerhead with a 70 cm carapace and who weighs 35 kilos. She was caught and tagged by the ARCHELON team working in Amvrakikos, who immediately saw a piece of fishing line coming out of her mouth. She arrived at the RC on 15 July. X-rays and a thorough medical examination indicated that she had an ingested hook and also a very big piece of the fishing line. The hook is scheduled to be removed surgically.

Many thanks to everyone involved in rescuing and transporting these turtles!

Deaths

Unfortunately, ʽLukasʼ, who had arrived at the RC on 12 June with a head injury, died as a result of his injuries.

Releases

ʽKirkiʼ, is a loggerhead who had come to the RC on 6 September 2014 from Kefalonia with an ingested hook. The hook was successfully removed surgically, the turtle recovered her health, and she was released on 13 July 2015 from Thymari Beach, Attica.

Other news

Joanne, whatʼs new at the Rescue Centre in July 2015?Several groups of students from abroad (the US and the UK) visited the RC, where they attended presentations about sea turtles and ARCHELON and its work. The students also spent time helping out with much needed maintenance tasks (like painting the decks, etc.). The students were enthusiastic about helping care for the sea turtles and also upkeeping the facilities at the RC. Some of them became members of the ARCHELON ambassador programme and helped spread the word about ARCHELON and its work in their home countries, as well as organizing fund-raising events for ARCHELON. (To learn more about this programme and how you can help, see
  http://www.archelon.gr/eng/Ambassadors.php?row=row9 )

Did you know?

There are a number of Facebook pages for various ARCHELON field projects with photo and recent information (for example, ARCHELON Lakonikos Bay, ARCHELON Kyparissia Bay, etc.) Just type in ʽARCHELONʼ in the Facebook search bar and you can find the page you are interested in.

Joanne Stournara

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