A sea turtle of the protected species Caretta caretta has been found in distress at the port of Aegiali in Amorgos.
Dimitris Synodinos, the owner of the diving center “Amorgos Diving Center” along with his diving team, found the turtle and understood that something was seriously wrong with thecreature.
The team immediately contacted the Association for the Protection of the Sea Turtle, “Archelon” in Athens and were told that it would be necessary to transport the turtle to their facilities so that examination and treatment could begin.
Dimitris then spoke with the port authority of Amorgos who contacted our association, and, a kind of human chain was created when we arranged for the boat, Highspeed 4 of Hellenic Seaways, to speed the turtle to the volunteers of Archelon on that very same evening.
Both the port policemen in Amorgos and the crew of the Highspeed 4 did a tremendous job in bringing the turtle to safety and they deserve our thanks and appreciation for the professionalism and empathy they showed this small creature of the sea.
The veterianarians discovered that the animal had been hit by a harpoon and also had a deep stab. The official veterianarian report will be sent to the Amorgos port authorities and Naxos prosecutor's office so that they further investigate this incident.
We would like to thank Dimitris Synodinos and the team of the Amorgos Diving Center as well as the port policemen of Amorgos and the entire crew of Highspeed 4 of Hellenic Seaways along with the team at Archelon. We hope for a quick recovery to this rare and protected sea turtle, Caretta caretta.
Below you will find information about the species Caretta caretta which is close to extinction and protected under the Greek law, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loggerhead_sea_turtle