Once again hatching season has begun here in Rethymno
—the third most important reproduction habitat of sea turtles in all of Greece. Rethymno proudly welcomes the very first hatchling of the endangered loggerhead Caretta sea turtle!
It's the first, and most important journey of life and to the sea for these incredible, but fragile creatures.
Every summer, sea turtles come to Rethymno’s trusted beaches to lay their eggs for their reproduction.
The hatching period for loggerhead nests on Crete have begun.
ARCHELON’s volunteers found the first tracks of hatchlings successfully entering the sea, on Adelianos Kampos beach last Saturday. The Sea Turtle Caretta species come out of the ocean onto the shore each spring and summer, where they dig in and lay from 120 to 150 eggs. In a couple months under the cover of the night, the hatchlings dig and claw their way to the surface and toward the surf.
It's very rare to see a baby sea turtle but in case you do, contact one of our trained ARCHELON volunteers. As a Sea Turtle Protection Program volunteer, ARCHELON volunteers from almost everywhere in the world work together, with the Municipality of Rethymno, in order to inform beach visitors what to do in case the encounter hatchlings on the each during the day.
Despite seeing all the hatchlings off to the water's edge only one in a thousand will likely survive to adulthood making the work we do to safeguard them with the community extremely crucial. In order to insure the survival of the hatchlings, we should ask for the artificial lights near nesting beaches to be turned off during season.
Artificial lights disorient get the hatchlings, leaving them at risk of human interference and other predators, which can cause their death on the land, as they may head towards the roads instead of taking their natural path to the ocean.
In case you are curious to see what a loggerhead nest looks like and maybe a few late hatchlings, stay tuned for the scheduled public nest excavation events! The program will be announced for each nesting site on Crete separately and will be published weekly on the www.rethymno.guide and in ARCHELON’s official website.
Information will also be available from the Information Kiosks of ARCHELON in the Venetian harbor of Rethymnon.
Thank you for being a Guardian of the protected Caretta Sea Turtles of Rethmynon!