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Offline daveyh

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Injured Sea Turtle rescued on Acharavi Beach
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:13:01 PM »
This is  from the Green Corfu Blog dated 5th January 2013.

Yesterday I got a phone call from an unknown number. Yiorgos, the caller, told me he head found a wounded caretta caretta turtle in Acharavi and didn't know what to do with her. These sea turtles are an endangered species and many efforts are being done in Greece to help them survive. Anyway, Yiorgos had contacted the police and coastguard, as well as several nature protection agencies he found online, but nobody seemed to want to take on responsibility for the animal and he was getting kind of desperate. A local doctor had given him my number just in case I could help.
 Fortunately, a friend of mine is a veterinarian specialised in reptiles and when I called him he told me to bring the turtle over. I picked up the turtle from Yiorgos and his wife, who had taken good care of her by keeping her moist, and drove to Corfu town. Once we were there, the turtle was weighed at 26.6 kilos, she got hydrated and got an antibiotics shot and we eventually managed to contact a doctor from Archelon, a society dedicated to protecting and healing sea turtles.In the meantime, the doctor confirmed the turtle was a she and we nicknamed her Nitsa. Chelona means turtle in Greek, Chelonitsa means little turtle and Nitsa is a girl's name. She is around 15-20 years old, which is quite young for a turtle.
 The wounds on her head were probably caused by a ship's propeller and are quite deep. We took care of her as well as we could and today she is leaving for Athens where the people of Archelon will take further care of her. Hopefully she will survive and will be able to swim in our seas again....
Nitsa, get well soon!

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Re: Injured Sea Turtle rescued on Acharavi Beach
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2013, 02:19:38 PM »
It sounds like she was very lucky, unlike the turtle I saw on the beach at Ipsos recently which had been killed probably by a propeller.

Thank goodness for people like this who can give the treatment and care to these injured creatures.

I think that χελώνα - Chelona - is also Greek for  tortoise.
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