Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece

Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece

Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece
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Since 1983, the primary objective of ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece has been to protect the sea turtles and their habitats in Greece through monitoring and research, developing and implementing management plans, habitat restoration, raising public awareness and rehabilitating sick and injured
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Tea&Cake
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We did an 8am guided walk on Rethymno beach. The volunteers were very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English and we learnt a lot about the turtles. We were very lucky to see two baby turtles. These should have made it to the sea during the night so another member of the Archelon team came to take care of them. Definitely worth it.
Written August 16, 2023
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EveWay
Seattle, WA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
Archelon is an amazing organization working for a great cause. The volunteers are really passionate and informative, definitely worth stopping by to hear how the turtles are doing! You can buy really cool and unique souvenirs and know that your money is going to good use!
Written July 24, 2014
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Spaniard46
Ciudad Real, Spain1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
Such a nice group of people from everywhere! Always good to go there and ask them how the nests are going, and everything about the life of a sea turtle! And you can have some nice souvenirs for your people back home, while helping a really nice cause. I will def come back!
Written July 8, 2014
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kljwinnipeg
Winnipeg, Manitoba22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
My low star rating is not for the NGO Archelon, which is working to conserve endangered sea turtles, but rather for the public excavation of sea turtle nests which they sometimes conduct. I went to one excavation, and it quickly became apparent that the young volunteers doing the excavation didn't have crowd control experience. A few live turtles were found in the nest, and then it became a free-for-all of people shoving and pushing to get directly in front of the tiny turtles as they struggled to make their way to sea. Children were grabbing at the turtles, people were dropping in front of them to take photos and thus deterring the turtles from their path to the sea, and one turtle had an uncertain fate when it was pushed back by a wave into the crowd of people who trampled into the sea to try and find it, probably crushed under someone's foot. So, if you go, take responsibility for your own actions and stand well back. Don't try to touch them, and control your kids. These turtles are an endangered species, so the survival of each individual is important. That's more important than your photo or video of them.
Written August 9, 2017
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going_home85
Wirral, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
Informative and friendly volunteers. Lots of lovely souvenirs, and it's great knowing your money goes to the worthy cause of protecting and rehabilitating endangered sea turtles!
Written July 4, 2014
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Sophie
Leeds, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
Such a good cause! Really important work that these great volunteers are doing and a great range of souvenirs with all donations going to rehabilitate sick and injured loggerhead sea turtles. Definitely worth a visit to do your bit for the environment!
Written June 22, 2014
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Apostolidou Georgia
Kilkis, Greece323 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
you wouldn't expect to see Archelon there! it is known that in Zakynthos is their main HQ but the girls here are really helpful and kind
Written July 5, 2018
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lesleypt
Northampton, UK208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Seeing these two baby loggerhead turtles coming from their nest and making their way to the sea was a real once in a lifetime experience, which I am so privileged to have seen.

But it made me realise just how tiny & fragile these creatures are. You are not likely to spot one just walking along the beach unless you know what to look for, just look at the picture, you can barely see them, and I've zoomed in!

Only 1 baby turtle in 1000 will make adulthood, this nest had 84 eggs, of which 70 hatched, which is considered a successful nest, but tourism, sunbeds & hotel lights are impeding the future of the turtle.

The female will only come back to land to lay her eggs once it is mature at 30 years old, but if disrupted, frightened or sun loungers get in her way, she'll return to the sea, after 3 attempts, she will dump her eggs in the sea, meaning no successful hatchlings.

The hotel lighting then confuses the hatchlings, as they follow the natural moonlight to find the sea. They MUST find the sea themselves and make their own way, they should never be picked up and put in the water, and never pour water on them to help, it causes them to start swimming motions before they need to. Also, the walk to the water readies their tiny flippers and lungs for the swim ahead.

Once in the water, they swim for 48hours non-stop, and start their adventure.

Archelon is a charity in Greece that helps to protect the loggerhead turtles, the volunteers camp outside for up to 4 months, throughout both the nesting & hatching seasons. Every morning at 5am they walk the length of the beaches discovering nests & marking them out with cages. They are then monitored daily until hatchlings or tracks are found, 10 days after the first hatching is discovered, they excavate the nest to count how many eggs were laid, hatched, unhatched and occasionally help the runts of the nest to the sea!

In 2015, they discovered only 44 nests in the Chania prefecture of Crete, in 2016 this has increased to over 150 nests, which is great, but they ran out of cages & had to fabricate their own using bamboo canes. However, these can be insecure, moved by the sea, wind & people disrespecting the nests.

The hotels turn down their lights or paint the glass to reduce the brightness, some sponsor the nests and help protect them. But as a tourist, you are asked not to try and find the nests or walk the beaches at night, not to shine torches to see the adults or hatchlings and if you do find a nest, mark it out & notify Archelon. If you find hatchlings, don't touch them, but if you want to help, dig a small trench to the sea and watch from a safe distance.

The loggerhead is endangered & protected, so I know how lucky I am to have seen not only 1, but 2 hatchlings as well as an adult earlier in the day.

You are not guaranteed to see a live wild turtle and can spend hours staring at nothing in the hope one might appear, but if you have an opportunity to attend an excavation DO IT!!!!

Written September 21, 2016
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MichelleRaa
Leuven, Belgium82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
An enthusiastic group of people who do what they can to help the protected sea turtles.
I « adopted » one, to help finance their much needed protectionprojects.
They have a stand at the Old Harbour, next to the place where the Pirateship is located.
Written October 3, 2018
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Waleed
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
archelon see turtle 🐢 care center is non profit organization volunteers to help adult wounded turtles providing them with the treatment and care until they are strong, 💪🏼 safe to be released to the ocean 🌊 again 💜 @ Glyfada 🏖
Written September 16, 2018
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