WILDLIFE SENSE

One of the organisations involved in the protection of Kefalonia’s Sea Turtles is Wildlife Sense (www.wildlifesense.com).  On a dull day in 2017, Celia & Rees had the immense privilege to be invited to help Wildlife Sense volunteers.  This was one of the most amazing things they ever did.

Friends Shirley and Mike Ogden were to check nesting sites for the progress of hatching and in some cases help the baby turtles to start their journey to the sea.  They asked us along to observe.  But when you see four inch hatchlings trying to battle their way past a pretty strong swell (the sea was not being kind that day), what can you do?  Celia and Rees got involved and were ferrying baby turtles down to the waves.  When the swell brought the babies back on to the beach ( oh yes!) they waded in and got the youngsters started on their amazing journey – if they survived of course.

Wildlife Sense’s publicity leaflet tells us that ‘Kefalonia is home to 2 of the 7 sea turtle species that exist in the world.  Loggerhead sea turtles, (aka Caretta caretta) nest and forage on Kefalonia’s coast.  Green sea turtles (Chetonia mydas) only forage here’.

Its well worth a visit to Argostoli early morning to see these amazing creatures come to the bay wager to get tidbits from the Fishermen returning with their catch. It truly is a sight for sore eyes!

Sometimes these late hatchlings need a warm-up before they can attempt their journey to the sea
Volunteers check the nest in late autumn – the hatchlings sometimes need a helping hand on their journey to the sea
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