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Sea turtle nesting takes place on Rethymno’s beaches

Sea turtle nesting

Sea turtle nesting takes place on Rethymno’s beaches

Archelon, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, is in charge of monitoring and recording the nesting season on Crete.  Volunteers from all over the world are putting nesting signs and they are providing environmental information to the public at the info point located at the entrance of Rethymno’s Old Port.

Turtle eggs  incubation

Turtle eggs have an incubation period of around 45 to 70 days.

Sea turtles Caretta caretta are threatened or endangered, which is why it’s critical that we protect them.

Sea turtle environmental information to the public

Locals and visitors are encouraged to follow these quick tips to protect sea turtles and their nests:

  • From the May 1st till the end of October the cleaning of the beach must be done manually.
  • Vehicles are not allowed to enter and move on the beach. Heavy vehicles should not be used because they will destroy the nests.
  • Sun beds and umbrellas should be placed on axes perpendicular to the wave and at a distance of more than 3 meters between them. Sun beds should be removed / hung high every night (at sunset) to leave space for breeding sea turtles, according to the current legislation.
  • The sand between the marine furniture should not be covered by wood corridors.
  • Marine furniture should be washed in an area outside the beach, so as not to moisten the nests and rot the eggs.
  • Beach parties are not allowed on the beach.
  • Avoid human presence, noise and artificial lighting on the beach in the evening.
  • Remember that sea turtles live free in nature - avoid feeding and touching.
  • Traces of turtles and babies on the beach should be left intact until the daily count is made by the research team of ARCHELON.

The public is reminded not to disturb a turtle nest, and if they spot an unmarked nest or see a turtle crawling in the area, please report the sighting to the Archelon.  

For more information: Lydia Koutrouditsou, Project Manager of Crete

tel .: 6937352379, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

City of Rethymno

You are invited to travel to areas, which are perhaps still unknown to the majority, and which are sometimes remote, but always magical and magnificent throughout the seasons. We recommend our visitors to see our picturesque villages through the eyes of the soul, try the Cretan cuisine, our wine and “tsikoudia”, participate in our revelries and festivities, but most importantly get to know our soul, our hospitality, the safe, untouched interior of the region, the other Rethymno.
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