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Sea Turtle protection - Greece

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Wildlife Sense

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Turtles
Ocean Rescue

Background

Wildlife Sense is a sea turtle research and conservation organisation based on the beautiful island of Kefalonia, Greece. Their mission is to protect endangered sea turtles and their natural habitats, offer a unique learning experience to the volunteers, and promote public awareness.

Why did we choose this project?

Sea turtles are important to the ecosystem because they have been around for such a long period of time, around 200 million years! With several species and environmental processes dependent upon sea turtle they a become a keystone species. When a keystone species is eliminated from its environment it will change dramatically, meaning turtles contribute a large amount to their surrounding environment, making their role critical for the wellbeing of their habitat.

How does it work?

Wildlife Sense monitors the nesting beaches of Kefalonia daily throughout the reproduction period to identify fresh sea turtle nesting activity. Nesting attempts are recorded and successful nesting locations are clearly marked and protected. During the hatching period, when sea turtle hatchlings come out of the nests and crawl to the sea the teams record the hatching events and pay special attention to prevent any accidents or damaging effects.

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Kefalonia, Greece