Young students say goodbye to "Aristides" and "Lefteris"
The Rescue Centre accepts visits from schools as a part of the environmental education program. During the visit, the children learn about the life and problems that sea turtles face, what is done in the Rescue Center and how we can all help sea turtles.
Through such a visit, the school "Stavrakis" decided to actively support the work of ARCHELON and adopt a turtle. At the same time they expressed their desire to be informed about further actions and if there is the possibility for their participation. So when the time came to free "Aristides", we invited them to the release.
"Aristides" was found in the marina of Alimos and was transferred to the Rescue Centre on December 21, 2014. The diagnosis was hypothermia. He stayed with us until June 2015 where we provided medical care and supervised his recovery. He was released on June 5, 2015.
The school students came to the release having prepared banners with messages for the turtle. They had the chance to watch the return of "Aristides" in his natural environment and to show their support.
Meanwhile, we continued our cooperation with the Management Body of Mount Parnon and Moustos Wetland which launched in August 2014 when members of the Management Body spotted an injured turtle and brought it to the Rescue Centre. The turtle was named "Zeus", it stayed with us a few months and was released in October by boat.
The valuable assistance of the Agency continued this summer when they supported the release of a turtle.
On June 11, 2015, "Lefteris" was freed with the presence of representatives of the Management Body and students of the Primary School Paralio Astros. During the release, the coordinator and volunteers of ARCHELON Rescue Centre informed students and adults about sea turtles and the work of ARCHELON.
The school students had previously worked on a project for sea turtles (May 23), on the occasion of World Turtle Day. The project was completed with the help of the Management Body and coastguards.
Many schools visit the ARCHELON Rescue Centre in Glyfada each year as part of the environmental education program. The program is open all year and visits are arranged by appointment. Children have the opportunity to observe the turtles closely and learn about them. Besides the group visits, the Rescue Centre is open to the public every weekend 11.00-17.00.
Some of the groups and visitors decide to support the care of turtles even more, and adopt a turtle. The adoptions are a key part of the support that one can offer to ARCHELON.
If you are interested in adopting a turtle, click here to learn more.
Smaragda Petridis and Paul Tsaros
(translation: Maria Soutis)