ARCHELON’s team located the first nest of the season on May 23 at Kommos beach and placed a protective cage to avoid disturbance. Morning surveys begin tomorrow on the beach of Rethymnon and in the coming weeks in Chania.
Two loggerhead nests marked the start of this year's ARCHELON counts on Zakynthos island, one located in Gerakas and one in Sekania, both recorded on May 26. A bit further to the east, in south Kyparissia bay, the team located twelve nests, from May 16 until today. And this is just the beginning!
A recent study of the clutch frequency of the loggerheads nesting in the southern gulf of Kyparissia, Greece by ARCHELON (2020) showed that the estimated number of sea turtles breeding in the Mediterranean may be overestimated by 73%. Now that we know there are fewer sea turtles breeding in the Mediterranean than we thought, more efforts to protect adult turtles must be taken up.
Following the Greek government's announcements the day before yesterday about the gradual removal of the lockdown measures, we are now more prepared to announce developments for our projects.