One of the special features of this summer is the great interest of the public for the sporadic nests of sea turtle that are made in different parts of the Greek coastline, from the south i.e. Rhodes, Sitia, Naxos, Paros to Corfu, Volos and Epanomi in the north of Greece. So what does sporadic sea turtle nesting mean?
The first generations of ARCHELON volunteers experienced how the nesting beaches in Zakynthos, Kyparissia, Lakonikos, Rethymno, Chania, Messara used to look like back in the 80’s and the 90’s. The volunteers of the years to follow, including the children of ARCHELON’s first volunteers, have heard the stories and have seen tourism evolving in these sites. But why is the future of tourism important for sea turtles?
The ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre near Athens, Greece, receives and treats injured or sick sea turtles all year around and releases them back to the sea when they are fully recovered. Experienced staff are running the Centre with the help of volunteers from all over the world. Three ESC volunteers share their experience with the sea turtles and the efforts to protect oceans and marine life.
Artificial lights on sea turtle nesting beaches or behind them cause hatchling disorientation and eventually their death. Read more on how ARCHELON helps mitigate this problem, what to do if you find an unprotected nest or hatchlings and where to find us this summer.